Bangladesh go slow with Kieswetter

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Jamie Siddons

Jamie Siddons is plotting a Bangladesh comeback and promising that his side will continue to utilise their spinning options

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons has warned England’s Craig Kieswetter he will continue to be bombarded by spin in the ongoing one-day series between the teams.

Kieswetter made his international debut in yesterday’s first one-day international after making a big impression in recent weeks with his ability to hit over the top at the start of the innings.

He is used to doing that against seam bowlers in the early overs but Tigers skipper Shakib Al Hasan caught him unawares by sending on the slow men from the off.

Shakib himself could have taken the 22-year-old’s wicket twice in the first over he faced but Kieswetter eventually made a subdued 19 before his patience broke and he was stumped on the charge.

Two games are left in the ODI series, starting tomorrow in Mirpur, and Siddons confirmed the hosts would persevere with the tactic.

“If he wants to keep running down the wicket to our spinners, we’ll keep bowling spinners at him,” said the Australian. “That will suit us perfectly. He was obviously uncomfortable against them early, so we’ll see how he goes.

“On this sort of wicket you can’t blaze all the time. This wicket is a bit flat so that’s our strategy, get the spinners on early because some openers are not used to playing the new ball with the spinners. Let’s see what happens.”

Siddons is also hoping for an improved contribution from his team’s middle order in the series after Tamim Iqbal, who made 125, failed to find any solid support in the opener.

“For a couple of series one batsman has been playing well with the others not contributing, so hopefully one can play the big role, and the others also contribute,” said Siddons.

“Last time we showed some inexperience, we were just not smart enough. We need to build partnerships through the hard period and wait for the powerplay so that we can score more runs.”

Meanwhile, the Tigers have named their 30-man provisional squad for the World Twenty20 at the end of April. Batsman and former captain Mohammad Ashraful has been recalled after being rested for the series against England at his own request.

Bangladesh 30-man World Twenty20 squad: S Al Hasan (capt), M Rahim (wkt), M Mortaza, M Ashraful, T Iqbal, I Kayes, Z Siddique, Mahmudullah, N Islam, S Hossain, A Razzak, R Hossain, S Islam, S Rasel, A Ahmed, A Kopali, N Hossain, D Mahmud, M Alam, F Hossain, M Mithun, S Rahman, M Sohrawordi, NH Milon, J Islam, Na Hossain, R Talakder, R Islam, M Elias, A Babu.

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