Boys are really determined to put things right: Rhodes

Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes is confident of bouncing back in the second Test after a shock defeat in the first Test against Zimbabwe at the Sylhet International Stadium.

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Zimbabwe achieved their first Test win after 5 years and an away win after 17 years. This came in as a shock to the cricket world but the Bangladesh coach is not ready to panic yet and he is confident that his boys will turn this around.

Rhodes told reporters on Wednesday:

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“I don’t feel pressure. These guys are really determined to put things right and that’s what I love about the Bangladeshi dressing room. They keep surprising me, and they keep bouncing back. Everybody has a bad day. We had a really bad day’s work in that first innings while batting.”

Looking back to the first Test, Rhodes explained what went wrong for the hosts and they are determined to come up with different plans when they play the second Test match in Mirpur.

“Certainly, the only thing that went wrong in this game was our batting in the first innings. We lost the toss when there was not much happening, and we did a great job in bowling them out for 282. Then, we needed 350 or 400 and if we didn’t get that score then it was always going to be difficult batting last,”

“So, we missed an opportunity in our first innings batting and there was nothing wrong with our plans or tactics, we just made a mess of it in our first innings. To get rolled for 140 and be a 140 behind, going into the third innings of the game was quite disastrous for us. It’s something we will have to put right, whatever happens at Mirpur with our plans,” he added.

The both sides will clash for the last time in this series when the second Test will begin on 11th November at the Shere-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

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