July 1, 2007 (AFP) – Under-performing Bangladesh go into Tuesday’s second Test against mighty Sri Lanka determined to lift their game and prove they deserve to play at the highest level. The third and final Test will be played in Kandy from July 11-15, followed by three one-day internationals. The knives were out after Bangladesh crashed to their worst ever defeat against Sri Lanka in the first Test, losing by an innings and 234 runs at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) last week.
It was Bangladesh’s 41st defeat in 47 Tests and the 10th loss in the last 11 matches since beating a struggling Zimbabwe in 2005 for their lone Test win so far.
Only a rained-off match against India in Chittagong in May prevented a 0-11 sweep in recent times, prompting assistant coach Sarwar Imran to admit there had been no progress since the nation gained Test status in 2000.
“Nothing has changed in our approach to Test cricket because we are making the same old mistakes,” Imran told Bangladeshi journalists travelling with the team.
“We have a bunch of talented cricketers but I think we are not mentally tough to sustain at this level.”
Senior pro and former captain Habibul Bashar jumped