Cricket - Jurgensen calls for patience

Bangladesh coach Shane Jurgensen has demanded a patient batting approach when his side look to earn a series draw in the second Test against Zimbabwe in Harare.

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Cricket - Jurgensen calls for patience

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Shane Jurgensen says his Bangladesh side need to bat for longer

Bangladesh were widely viewed as favourites to take the honours in this series, but those predictions were turned on their heads when Zimbabwe dismissed the tourists for paltry totals of 134 and 147 to win the first Test by a huge 335-run margin.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was heavily critical of the performance, accusing senior players of not taking enough responsibility and suggesting some were not 100 per cent fit.

Fast bowlers Rubel Hossain and Shahadat Hossain have since returned home to be replaced by Shafiul Islam and uncapped all-rounder Ziaur Rahman. But Jurgensen rejected those criticisms, although he accepted his side had endured a very tough few days at the office.

"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."

If Bangladesh are to avoid a Test series defeat, Jurgensen knows a major improvement in their batting will be required after their struggles against the Zimbabwe seam attack first time round.

"We didn't play with any patience and we need to improve that," Jurgensen said.

"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."

Zimbabwe are, unsurprisingly, set to field an unchanged XI when play starts on Thursday, and captain Brendan Taylor expects a similar performance from his side, and is keen to see them again exploit the attacking desire of the tourists' batsmen.

Taylor, who scored back-to-back centuries in the first Test, said: "We know that they are pretty attacking players and that if you starve them for runs, they create chances."

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