Mashrafe Mortaza    Getty Images
Mashrafe Mortaza Getty Images

Bangladesh s shocking decision to bat on placid pitch cost them heavily. They lost the first Test against South Africa by a huge margin of 333 runs. Bangladesh might have garnered all the success at home, they continue to struggle away. Mashrafe Mortaza, who last played a Test for Bangladesh in 2009, feels Bangladesh will continue to struggle in the second Test. Faf du Plessis wants more bounce in the wicket. It would only get challenging for Bangladesh. After the first Test, Mushfiqur Rahim criticised the bowlers. Mashrafe too agreed with Mushfiqur and added it has always been a concern for Bangladesh in Test.

The spinners have got success for Bangladesh at home. Speaking to Cricbuzz, Mashrafe said, Bowling in Test cricket had always been a worry for us. In Tests you have to bowl long spells and get the breakthroughs as well. If you see our recent success against England and Australia it is the spinners who dictated terms. So it is impossible to change our bowling in the Test format within a night. Those who are playing the domestic league need to bowl long spells and that too for a considerable amount of time,” said Mashrafe. “It is not that because you have bowled well in a couple of matches you are ready for Tests, because it is not an easy place.

Mashrafe at the same time backed the positives from the first Test. Mahmudullah and Mominul Haque got resilient fifties to post a tough fight against South Africa.

I think we should give them credit for the way they played in the first four days. Our performance is certainly better than what we did earlier in South Africa. So you can take positives, and to be honest, a lot of teams with much better batting depth than ours struggle in South Africa. In cricket, a bad day can come, but that does not imply all your hard work is washed away, he concluded.