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Tamim will be fit to bat tomorrow, Siddons confirms


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Bangladesh batting coach Jamie Siddons confirmed that Tamim Iqbal, who suffered a cramp, will be able to bat tomorrow. 

Tamim smashed his 10th Test ton and was unbeaten on 133 off 217 balls before the left-hander had to leave the field retired hurt after suffering a cramp on the third day's final session.

"I think after two days in the field and batting like he did, running between the wickets and the heat, it just takes it out of you. If you've been outside in the last three days, it's been really hot and it just drains you, said Siddons during the press conference.

"I can understand that he cramped up. I think he will be fine tomorrow after a good night of taking some food and some fluids,"

Siddons heaped praises on Tamim for his cautious batting and said he looked like Angelo Mathews, who missed his double ton for just one run. 

"It was a great knock. Tamim was very disciplined today and he didn't try and go fast and he looked like Angelo Mathews actually,"

"Just very patient and taking runs whenever there [was opportunity] and only hitting fours that were handed to him on a plate with bad balls. Didn't take the bowlers on like I've seen him before. Thought he was very disciplined,"

The batting coach also praised about the partnership between Tamim and Mahmudul Hasan Joy.

"I think Tamim and Joy batted beautifully. Opening the batting is not an easy job and the job that they did yesterday, set us up today,"

"Yesterday was very tough after almost two days in very very hot conditions. They went none for 75 yesterday and then continued on today. Tamim's performance was fantastic and plenty of more runs left. He's not out now and can come back when we think he's fit. The discipline today is exactly what we asked for," he added.