“The basic thing about batting in Test cricket is patience”,O’Neill said.“The basic thing is to stay steady in your strength, and not being in the position of another’s strength. Belief in yourself is important.”
O’Neill came in as replacement for former Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera. Although some have questioned his qualifications for the post, the board has backed him and the coaching staff have welcomed him with open arms.
O’Neill is trying make the batsmen understand the value of their wicket and get them mentally ready for the challenges of the longer format.
The former Australian first-class cricketer said,“I’m trying to prepare them for a Test. I’m trying to ensure that boys understand the price of their wicket and try not to play a bad shot even in the nets. I told them to focus on playing in a straight bat, emphasizing on timing and weight transfer rather than playing odd shot.”
O’Neill is putting a lot of emphasize on the lower order batsman of Bangladesh. He feels that contributions from the lower order batsman can play a pivotal role on a sides winning chances. If Bangladesh wants to win matches consistently in Test match cricket, the lower order has to assist their batsmen when required.
O’Neill said,“One of the issues of lower order batsmen is that, as a bowler, they do not get enough time to bat. They don’t even get frequent opportunities in nets. But both as a player and coach, I have seen many times that the team is winning when the lower order batsmen survive and contribute for the team. To get something from them, you have to pay more attention to them, give more time and batting opportunities to them in practice. They should be encouraged to play according to their own strengths and play a role of giving back the strike at the other hand.”