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Walsh expects pacers to be hungry in ODI series

Bangladesh bowling coach Courtney Walsh defends the plan to play without any pacer in the second Test match and happy to play with whatever combination they need as long as they win.

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Walsh hadn’t much to do in the Test series against Windies as his pacers were snubbed. Bangladesh played with only pacer Mustafizur Rahman in the first Test match and came into the second Test match even leaving him too.

However, Walsh wasn’t disappointed with the plan and explained the logic behind the move:

“We are here to win Test matches. Whatever surface we play on, whichever combination is the best to get Bangladesh to win Tests, I’m always happy with it. Back in the day when Windies used to dominate, they had four fast bowlers. Now Bangladesh is dominating with four spinners, so it is just a trend. The surface was never going to be fast bowler friendly. We thought the spinners would have a bigger role and that has proven to be the case.”

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When asked if it sends a wrong messages to the fast bowlers, Walsh said:

“It is just one Test match that no fast bowler played. We had Fizz (Mustafizur) in one Test, we had Khaled (Ahmed) and Fizz in another Test. This was a Test to try to win the series. For me, it is not sending the wrong message. Tactically, we felt it was the best for Bangladesh to win without a fast bowler. It might be the first time one hasn’t played, but the result matters. They should be disappointed at not playing, but it is not the end of the world or end of the road.”

The former Windies pacer also feels the pacers need to take this as a challenge and perform in the ODI series:

“Mentally, they have to show more strength in practice, in the ODIs coming up and the tour of New Zealand. Someone has to say ‘okay, I wasn’t selected in a Test match but I have to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Whenever it is seamer-friendly, my name is first on the paper’.

“Hopefully they will get them hungry. Our job as coaches is to get them ready for overseas conditions. The more you play, it is better. In this day and age you don’t have the luxury so you have to be ready whenever you get the opportunity,” he concluded.

Bangladesh will face Windies in the first ODI on December 9 at the Mirpur Shere-e-Bangla National Stadium.

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