Bangladesh long way to go in Test cricket : Heath Streak

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Jannatul Naym Pieal

Bangladesh won 15 of their 20 matches over the last one year; the second best win ratio after Australia. During this time, they Banglawashed Zimbabwe and Pakistan and won series against India and South Africa. But it’s a fact that most of their recent successes came at home. So, does that make Bangladesh a “home team bully”? Heath Streak, the Bangladesh bowling coach doesn’t think so. According to him, Bangladesh could have been equally successful in overseas as well by now, only if had they been provided enough opportunities to travel outside the country.

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“The only way we’re going to get better at this is by exposing ourselves outside of Bangladesh,” he said. “That’s definitely something the BCB are trying to do. And tours like this where we come to play India A in India is a good opportunity for people to develop outside of Bangladesh conditions.”

However, despite doing very well in the limited overs formats, Streak advises the Tigers to keep their feet on the ground as a Test series against Australia is around the corner, a format where they have still a lot to improve. Infact while Tigers are the student of higher secondary level as far as the ODI format is concerned, they are yet to pass even the kindergarten level in the longest; and that’s evident in their statistics as well. Winning just against Zimbabwe and West Indies in fourteen long years is not impressive at all. However the Zimbabwean who joined in the Bangladesh set-up just a year ago also believes they have taken some big strides of late.

“Realistically Bangladesh still has a long way to go in the Test format. But I also think we’ve taken quite big strides. The confidence we’ve taken from winning in the one-day arena has spilled over into our Test team. Having said that we’ve still a long way to go,” said Streak.

Just a couple of days ago, Rubel Hossain expressed his satisfaction over Bangladesh’s newly found pace bowling depth and the former pace bowling great echoed Rubel’s words as he said, “Mustafizur (Rahman) was a really good find for us. Rubel Hossain is also fantastic; he’s got awesome pace. Taskin has some raw pace and is very different as well with a bit of height – he’s also hungry for success and he’s definitely one who will develop in the future.”