Mashrafe urges senior quartet to step up in Australia Tests

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 15 Aug 2017, 21:29:52
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Mashrafe urges senior quartet to step up in Australia Tests

The role of Bangladesh's most-experienced Test quartet will be vital to their chances of success against Australia. Mashrafe Mortaza, former Test and current ODI captain, who was part of a training camp in Dhaka over the last five weeks, believes Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah will have to lead the way against the first Australian Test side to visit Bangladesh in 11 years, reports ESPNcricinfo.

"I expect our four senior players to put a price on their wicket," Mashrafe told the news agency. "They must put up a statement in the middle that the young players can follow. Tamim is in the best form of his career. He and Imrul can provide a good start. We have Shakib and (Mehedy Hasan) in our spin department. If one of the fast bowlers has a good spell of three or four wickets, there will be a possibility for us. These will be expected when the situation arises in the match."

Mashrafe said Bangladesh's improved mindset has put them in a position of strength ahead of the Test series. The confidence, he believes, has soared after they convincingly beat England and Sri Lanka in the last ten months. Although the losses in Christchurch (against New Zealand), Hyderabad [against India] and Galle (against Sri Lanka) were largely due to poor performances their valiance in the Chittagong (against England) and Wellington defeats didn't go unnoticed.

"More important than winning or losing is their mentality. I am witnessing in the dressing room that their mindset is setting them apart from previous teams, and they are in the making of bigger things in the next two years.
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