Bangladesh batsman Imrul Kayes is set to bat at number three in the first Test against Australia, although he would prefer to be opening the batting if he had a choice.
Kayes and Tamim Iqbal have enjoyed a fruitful opening partnership in Test cricket for the Tigers which includes a 312-run stand against Pakistan in 2015.
However, Kayes was dropped down the order by one position for Bangladesh’s last Test against Sri Lanka to replace Mominul Haque, who was axed due to poor form.
And even though Haque is now back in the squad for the first Test against the Aussies, starting in Mirpur on Sunday, Kayes confirmed he has been told to prepare to bat at first drop.
Kayes said: “Coach has told me that I will be batting in this position. I am preparing for it although it is difficult to adjust to No. 3 after being an opener.
“I feel lucky to be playing for Bangladesh and while there can be a personal choice in terms of batting position, I also have to understand the team’s needs. I am okay batting in any position really, opening or No. 3.”
The left-handed Kayes talked about the differences between going in to bat from ball one and having to wait in the dressing room with your pads on.
He also said he found it easier to bat at the top of the order as the bowlers were still trying to find their rhythm.
Kayes explained: “I become rather excited when I am sitting padded up in the dressing room. Tamim won’t be able to do it and even I have trouble doing it. Still, I had to do it [switch batting roles] for the team.
“Tackling the new ball can be tricky but there is an advantage. Sometimes the opening batsmen and bowler don’t know much about each other’s strength, but when the No. 3 comes to bat, the bowler [has already settled into a rhythm].
“But there are great batsmen who do a fine job at No. 3.”
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