Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Domingo bemoans 'shortage of sustained pressure absorption'. Bangladesh made a strong comeback in the first innings but failed to keep up in the second.
Bangladesh made a strong comeback in the first innings but failed to keep up in the second.
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said on Monday that his charges are paying the price in Tests for lacking the intensity in domestic cricket as they have failed to deal with pressures of long-form cricket.
Bangladesh are staring at another defeat against Pakistan – in the first test – unless they manage to come up with something miraculous at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium to prevent the visitors from getting the 93 required, with all wickets intact.
Bangladesh began the day on 39-4 with a lead of 83 and lost overnight batter Mushfiqur Rahim for 16 in the first over. Though Liton Das and Yasir Ali put together a 47-run partnership before the latter left the field injured, neither Nurul Hasan – concussion substitute of Yasir – nor Mehedy Hasan batted sensibly. The three tail-enders all failed to open their account.
“I am not just frustrated with this particular Test. We should have won both Tests against the West Indies,” Domingo said after the fourth day's play. “They were 70 for three chasing nearly 400. We were chasing 220 against them, we were 70 for no wicket. We are just getting so close. I can see massive improvement, but we are not sustaining it for longer periods of time. Maybe the competition and intensity isn't there for a long period of time in domestic cricket. There's definitely a shortage of sustained pressure absorption.
“We were really good in the first two days. Most of day three was good, but we didn't bat well in the last session yesterday. It puts us under big pressure. It was disappointing to see. I thought we played really good Test cricket up until that point. We got a competitive score in the first innings. I thought the spinners and seamers bowled well to get us the lead. We just had a terrible last session yesterday which put us under a lot of pressure in the game.
“We got ourselves in a great position but we were just not able to seal the deal. I am sure the players are also very frustrated. We seem to be making improvement in the format but they have been just making silly mistakes at crucial stages. A catch going down or playing a loose shot or bowling a bad spell and we just can't seem to sustain for a longer period of time. It is very frustrating.
“I think we probably need to understand what to do when the moment is there. Somebody has to take that step in a high pressure environment. We cannot wait for someone else to do it. Because we have lost so many Tests in Bangladesh's history, the belief and the confidence to actually grab the game by the scruff of the neck, isn't quite there,” he added.
Domingo said he is hoping to make the most of his second tenure as Bangladesh Cricket Board extended his contract despite the failure in the T20 WC 2021.
“I have really enjoyed it. There are some massive challenges, no doubt about that. I have been involved with South Africa who have won a lot of Tests. It can be very frustrating when it seems we don't know how to win. Test culture seems to improve. I have always believed that if your Test team is good, your white ball team will be good.
“Maybe white ball cricket seems more important than Tests in Bangladesh. There's some exciting young players coming through but they are a long way off where they need to be as international batsmen and bowlers.
“The more cricket they play at the domestic level or A team tours, the better will be for the national side. Right now, the step up from domestic to international cricket is a massive step. It is something BCB needs to look at to make sure they impact the game and not take a long time to find their feet.”