Streak ‘realistic’ about Tigers’ Test future


Former Zimbabwe fast bowler Heath Streak, now the Bangladesh bowling coach, feels that his charges have the potential to do well in Test cricket, but is realistic about their chances against Australia next month.

Streak has done wonders with the Tigers' bowlers, the pacemen in particular, and they have lost only five ODIs this year. Their Tests have been less successful, but Streak thinks if they keep working hard they'll be able to challenge for wins.

Streak told Cricinfo: "I think realistically Bangladesh still has a long way to go in the Test format. But I think we've taken quite big strides.

"The confidence we've taken from winning in the one-day arena has spilled over into our Test team. Having said that we've still a long way to go.

"The only way we're going to get better at this is by exposing ourselves outside of Bangladesh. That's definitely something the BCB are trying to do.

"And tours like this where we come to play India A in India is a good opportunity for people to develop outside of Bangladesh conditions."

Bowlers like Mustafizur Rahman have burst onto the scene this year, and the young paceman helped his side to series wins over Pakistan, India, South Africa and Streaks's own Zimbabwe.

He, who was not shocked by Mustafizur's form, added: "For me the simple thing was that the talent was there and so it was really taking that and turning it into results.

"When I looked at the bowlers I'd be working with, a lot of them had shown glimpses of being able to perform at international level but never consistently.

"So I had to try and delve into why this was and really work on them being able to execute their skills under pressure.

"Mustafizur was a really good find for us. Rubel Hossain is also fantastic; he's got awesome pace.

"Taskin has some raw pace and is very different as well with a bit of height – he's also hungry for success and he's definitely one who will develop in the future.

"And Mashrafe [Mortaza] has obviously got a wealth of experience. He's not as quick as he used to be but he's one of the most tactful bowlers. He's also led the team really well as a bowling captain.

"So we've got a good balance in terms of the mix of our fast bowling attack and there's some good young guys coming through the system."

The first Test against Australia will start on 9 October in Chittagong.