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Old July 6, 2008, 05:25 AM
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Default The myth of batting improvement under Jamie Siddons

We all agree that our bowling and fielding declined under Jamie Siddons, but most people have a feeling that our batting has improved under him.

Unfortunately that's not the case. The truth is our batting has also declined under Jamie Siddons.

If we look at the last 26 matches under Dav Whatmore,

-----------------Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR W/L Ave RPO HS LS

Dav Whatmore
Last 2 years
2005-2007 26 4 22 0 0 0.18 21.66 4.17 265 108

Out of the last 26 matches against top 8 teams, we won 4 of them, that's 15% success rate.

Siddons era
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During Whatmore's last 2 years we had a batting average of 21.66 and during Siddons era the average fell to 20.92. A difference of about 0.7 which is about 8 runs per match.

Most importantly Bangladesh used to bat for winning purpose and now Bangladesh play to lose and try to make about 200 runs. But still they are trailing Whatmore's average against top eight teams by 8 runs!!!

Now, if we look at the similar number of matches.

Dav Whatmore
final year
2006-2007 16 3 13 0 0 0.23 21.34 4.15 265 112


It again shows, we were a better batting team (average 21.34) and won 3 matches out of 16, while we have lost all 17 matches under Jamie Siddons. Our next 3 matches are against Australia in Australia which means in no time the 17 match losing streak will be 20 match losing streak.

Now, during Whatmore's final year we conceded 5.04 runs per over, during Siddons era that jumped to 5.96 runs per over. It means on an average our opposition are scoring about 45 runs (a difference of 0.92 runs per over) more against us. Now, if we look at the bigger picture, decline in batting coupled with huge decline in bowling, it is very easy to understand why we are losing consistently.

Add the change in mentality and decline in fielding... a perfect recipe to make Bangladesh a laughing stock in international cricket.

I don't see a single reason why we should keep Jamie as our head coach and keep faith in him for a longer term.

Fire Jamie and that will be a small step in right direction.
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