Get rid of the fear of short ball: du Plessis

Bangladesh have struggled to deal with the short balls and bouncers against South Africa in the Test series. It is something not new for the Asians to struggle while dealing with bouncers in the foreign conditions but for Bangladesh it includes fear too. 

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis thinks the same. He believes Bangladesh’s batsman need to conquer their fear of the short ball if they are going to improve their performance outside of the subcontinent. In both the Tests, Bangladesh batted three times and they were bowled out under 200 runs in two of them.

Faf and Mushfiqur during toss

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Faf du Plessis said in the press conference: “The last year or two you could see they were a high-quality Test team, so I expected a bigger fight. I didn’t expect them to win the series, but I expected there would be sessions in the game where we would have to be absorbing a bit of pressure because they do have skill,”

“But with that, you have to just say that our team did it better. If they tried to put pressure on us, we responded positively and aggressively and basically five or six overs after that we were back and dominating the game.”

He added: “You have to get rid of the fear of the short ball and once you have a good plan on how to counter that, then you will get better.”

The South African skipper also thinks Bangladesh had not the type of bowlers that would have been suitable for this type of tracks: “Bangladesh don’t have tall bowlers. In these conditions you need bowlers who are a bit taller and who can get a bit more bounce. Bounce and pace is what you need when you go to South Africa or Australia.”

“Then there’s control. That was lacking from Bangladesh in this series. As a batting unit, we felt that every over there was a boundary you could score, so control is very important.”

The room for improvement is still huge for Bangladesh when it comes to playing in the foreign conditions and Faf du Plessis might have certainly made them realize again.