Apr 242013

Coach Shane Jurgensen has implored the Bangladesh batsmen to be more resilient come the second and final Test against Zimbabwe, which gets underway at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday.

The tourists were trounced by 335 runs inside four days in the series opener at the same venue last week, when they were bowled out for less than 150 twice. Not one player managed a bigger score than opener Jahurul Islam’s 43.

“We didn’t play with any patience and we need to improve that. We just have to bat for longer. We did not last until the second new ball in each innings, we had no partnerships or players batting for long periods,” said Jurgensen.

“We have to be very disciplined in our approach to every ball, and do our basics right on this surface, which is a little bit foreign to us. We know we didn’t play as well as we could have,” he told reporters.

“We have come here to win but at the same time we know that Zimbabwe are a tough opponent. Losing a game is not ideal, especially as it was a game a lot of people may have expected us to win.”

Host skipper Brendan Taylor anticipated a rare series win, provided his side put together another fine all-round performance – and the captain match the outstanding stretch of form that brought him back-to-back centuries in the first match.

“It’s big for us – even 10 years ago, with the players we had back then, we struggled to win series.We just have to focus on day one and not look too far ahead,” added Taylor.

“We know Bangladesh have players that can turn a game on its head in a session or two so we must just back our skills, have a clear mindset and look after our bodies.”

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