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Old March 20, 2017, 11:10 AM
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Default Bangladesh's Hunt For a NightWatchman

I am really serious about this. Bangladesh have been very poor in sending out an able bowler who can bat a bit to take some balls from an established batsman and guard him until umpires call, "Stumps!".

These days in the advent of the shorter formats, we have more bowlers carrying more than one bat in their kit bags, they are getting more batting practice than say a guy like Jason Gillespie had during his days as a test cricketer.

A nightwatchman would be great for BD cricket; he can stop the collapse, making everyone breathe a sigh of relief walking back to the pavilion not-out, along with the batsman who he was sent to guard with willow in hands.

Most teams have had a better lower order resistance in recent times in test cricket, the bowlers are becoming much better batsmen and are competing within themselves. Best guy gets the job of a nightwatchmen. It builds confidence and morale, the entire team gets buoyed up by this.

I see a couple of guys who might be candidates for this job. They are currently in the squad or back home contemplating their next career choice: Rabbi, Shafiul, Miraz, Abul, etc. I don't think Taijul would be a good choice, since they've used him and he crumbled.

How much net practice are these guys getting? Are they batting in pairs when in practice? Do they simulate match situations where a nightwatchman is required?

All that and more, the bowlers should form bonds with the batsmen and further improve their batting IQ. A batsman batting with the tail would have the trust to let his partner face the last two balls of an over; while the batsmen batting with the nightwatchman would have the confidence to let his partner face the bulk of balls than him, talking to each other of a plan and so on.

They say practice makes perfect. I believe in that. Somehow if they can improve in this area things would be great up at the top of the order.

Some of the Nightwatchmen currently in use in Test cricket:

PLAYERCOUNTRY BatAVERAGE
Nathan LyonAustralia12.41
Kagiso RabadaSouth Africa12.72
Devendra BishooWest Indies16.91


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