“From what I understand, Faf du Plessis (South African skipper) wants more bounce in the wicket,” Mashrafee said on Tuesday (October 3). “Naturally it will be more challenging,” he said.
“Bowling in Test cricket had always been a worry for us. In Tests you have to bowl long spells and get the breakthroughs as well. If you see our recent success against England and Australia it is the spinners who dictated terms. So it is impossible to change our bowling in the Test format within a night,” he said, adding that the bowlers who are not in the national set-up can prepare themselves for Tests by bowling long spells in domestic cricket. “Those who are playing the domestic league need to bowl long spells and that too for a considerable amount of time,” said Mashrafe
“I think we should give them credit for the way they played in the first four days,” he said. “Our performance is certainly better than what we did earlier in South Africa. So you can take positives, and to be honest, a lot of teams with much better batting depth than ours struggle in South Africa. In cricket, a bad day can come, but that does not imply all your hard work is washed away,” he added.