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Old March 3, 2008, 02:02 AM
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Default BD-SA Test Series Review

I'm almost reluctant to even write one, disastrous as this series was. As always there are the "positives" which are always tangible and real, yet never succeed to mask the even realer [batting] deficiencies.

Batsmen:

Tamim Iqbal
- 25 runs @ 6.25
Wasn't as technically sound as the NZ series. Poor performance could be explained by lack of match fitness. Manner of succumbing to Dale Steyn's ploy was quite pathetic. Hope in his talent continues as always (do we have a choice?)

Junaid Siddique - 93 runs @ 23.25
Very scrappy 50 in T2I2 though he had his chances. Otherwise tempermentaly superior to his mates, but still suffers from the "brainfarts."

Shahriar Nafees - 141 runs @ 35.25
The only batsman with respectable figures throughout. Bashar's #3 spot is his for the forseeable future. The way he got out for 69 in T2 was simply unforgiveable.

Mohammad Ashraful - 62 runs @ 15.50
The less said the better. For the first time, I had reservations about this man, talented though he is.

Aftab Ahmed - 89 runs @ 44.50
Had the highest average amongst the specialist bats. Not a bad average at all. And his batting seemed mature; faced 210 balls and only appeared in 3 innings. Easily my batting MVP. Allah bring him back with no ill effects.

Sakib al Hasan - 75 runs @ 18.75
I honestly don't know if he belongs in a Test batting lineup. Sometimes he has the ugliest batting technique I have ever seen, othertimes his cover drives are thing of beauty.

Mushfiqur Rahim - 28 runs @ 7.00
Batting at number 7 is useless for him. Bring him up the order, otherwise he will continue to struggle. Bringing back Pilot at this stage will be futile but might serve to create positive pressure on Rahim.

Habibul Bashar - 13 runs @ 6.50
Can you say "bye, bye?"

Abdur Razzak
- 66 runs @ 66.00
Hmmm...bowling is ordinary at best, batting was stellar.

Bowling:

Mashrafee Mortaza -
0 wickets, 3.71 econ
He was not only physically out of form, but mentally too. I'm confident he will bounce back to be the Tiger he is, but when is the question.

Shahadat Hossain - 12 wickets @ 17.00, 3.42 econ, 29.7 strike rate
Given the strenght of the batting sides, I'd say Rajib outbowled Dale Steyn. Was he quicker? No. Was he more hostile? Nope. But was he just as good? Look at the numbers and the respective batting lineups and if you have a problem, you should shoot yourself given your infinite inferiority complex.

Mohammad Rafique - 6 wickets @ 40.16, 2.48 econ
100 Test wickets. That will forever look good on Cricinfo's Records page. Well done, we will miss you! But I wonder how effective he would be if he still kept playing...

Sakib al Hasan - 1 wicket @ 122.00, 2.90 econ
His econ is one of the best in the side, yet he is not a test bowler. He should be picked only for his batting if he's good enough.

Abdur Razzak - 1 wicket @ 129.00, 4.16 econ
Where is Enam?


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