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Siddons slams batters after another batting collapse



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Bangladesh batting coach Jamie Siddons slammed the batters after yet another poor batting display on the first day of the second cricket Test against India, claiming that irresponsible batting is impeding the side's progress in the longer version format.

India bowled out Bangladesh for 227 runs in their first innings of the second Test in Dhaka.

Mominul Haque top-scored with 84 but the hosts lost wickets at regular intervals to end their innings about an hour before stumps after electing to bat first.

"I have been 6-7 months. We talk about it a lot. We practice a lot. But when the batter is in the middle, only one person can play the shot for them," a visibly upset Siddons said in the post-match press.

"If they can do it to get 28, they have to keep doing it for another 28. We seem to change our game, go up a gear. Shakib walks down the wicket, Litton tries to hit one a little bit harder, Mehidy plays a rash shot. They walk off shaking their head, (thinking) 'why did I do that?' but they have to take that responsibility. They have to stay in the same gear for six hours. We talk about batting till the end of the day and punching gloves and walking off with your teammate. Not getting a flashy 28 or 30. It keeps happening,"

"I work on technical and mental issues. Apart from one or two, I don't think any of them were technical. They decided to walk down the wicket or hit the ball in the air. It is hard for me to correct that in an instant," he added.

What irritated Siddons the most was that the batters gave fast bowler Umesh Yadav four wickets despite the fact that there was nothing for the pacers in this wicket.

Jaydev Unadkat, who played his first Test in 12 years, also took two wickets to share the spoils. The remaining four wickets were taken by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as India dominated the day's proceedings despite Bangladesh's decision to bat first on a good surface.

 "It is very frustrating. We work hard. We talk about when you're in, you need to stay in. You have to make sure of a big score when you get a start. It was a little bit like Ctg, three or four guys getting twenties. Other guys getting 15s and 16s, and only one guy doing the job for us," Siddons said.

"We are not getting match-winning scores doing that. People made mental errors again when they were set. The ball was spinning but the pace bowlers weren't getting off a great deal. To let Umesh get four wickets was very disappointing,"

Mominul was dropped in the first Test in Chattogram, a venue where his record was enviable. Bangladesh also suffered a collapse in the Chattogram Test.

"It is the selectors' decision, but Mominul didn't score over 10 runs in the four innings for Bangladesh A. We gave him a rest. We had to work on a few things in Chattogram. We gave him a bit of time to get back into the swing of things, and forget about those failures. Get ready to play again. Our No 3 spot is a worry, so we put him in. It worked really today. He played fantastic." Siddons explained.