Bangladesh look to focus heavily on first two hours of St Lucia Test
Bangladesh have played two Tests in St Lucia so far. In one match there was a happy memory of a draw but in the other match there was a defeat.
Khan Mutasim Billah LifeEditor
The first session of the Antigua Test was like a nightmare for Bangladesh. The nightmare of that season of losing 6 wickets threw Bangladesh out from the match. This time, Shakib Al Hasan, the Test captain of the Bangladesh team, is extra careful about the first session.
Bangladesh have played two Tests in St Lucia so far. In one match there was a happy memory of a draw but in the other match there was a defeat. Shakib, however, is reluctant to think about the old defeat, as well as reluctance to hold on to the memories of the previous draw match.
“There was a match so long ago that I don’t think there’s anything to take from there,” he said. “We had a good training session yesterday. We can start the match well tomorrow after a good training session today.”
Shakib's attention is all on the near future, more precisely in the first session of the Test, “We can only focus on the first two hours of tomorrow's match. Then whether we are batting or bowling, we have to do better. After that, the game can be played according to the conditions. But we have to try to start the first two hours well.”
Before the match, Bangladesh practiced on the main center wicket. "The first day will be a better wicket than the Antigua Test, for batting," Shakib added. “Pace, bounce will be a little. But there does not seem to be such a sideways movement. However, it is not possible to say until the game what the wicket will actually be. When we start the game, maybe 15-20 minutes later we will understand the wicket.”