Mashrafe: We must im­prove, and quick!

SOUTH AFRICA vBANGLADESH ODI ROUND-UP

The Cricket Paper - - INTERNATIONAL CRICKET - By Harry Moss

BANGLADESH cap­tain Mashrafe Mor­taza has warned of fu­ture dif­fi­cul­ties fac­ing his side af­ter South Africa swept them aside 3-0 in the ODI se­ries.

Al­ready destined to lose the se­ries af­ter heavy de­feats in the first two matches, the tourists were de­feated by 200 runs in the fi­nal clash – Bangladesh’s joint third­heav­i­est runs de­feat in ODIs.

And the pain doesn’t stop there. The Tigers are also the fourth team, af­ter Eng­land, In­dia and Zim­babwe to con­cede more than 1,000 in a three-match se­ries.

But Mashrafe was hope­ful that this chas­ten­ing tour will do his troops well in the fu­ture.

Skip­per Mashrafe said: “This tour has been alarm­ing for Bangladesh cricket and with more bi­lat­eral tours and the World Cup com­ing up we, as a play­ing unit, have to look af­ter these things quickly.

“I think we are not hav­ing enough con­fi­dence to bat and bowl.We haven’t ad­justed to the con­di­tions. But it has been hap­pen­ing since the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy.We have to im­prove quickly or the over­seas bi­lat­eral se­ries in the fu­ture will be­come very dif­fi­cult.

“Nei­ther the bats­men nor the bowlers took re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. I think we have to find out from the par­tic­u­lar play­ers why we are un­able to play bet­ter.

“This is a long-term is­sue, a long process.We have to be pre­pared to play on these types of wick­ets the next time we go on a tour.”

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