Abu Jayed. File Photo
Bangladesh began their preparations at Christchurch with an eye to seize their last opportunity to make an impression in the ongoing tour of New Zealand. The hosts completed a whitewash in the three-match ODI series and followed it by sealing the Test series as well by winning the opening two matches of the three-match rubber, with the series concluding Test scheduled at Christchurch from March 16th.
While the host's pace bowlers gunned down their opponents with a barrage of short balls, it was not the case with the visitors as they failed largely due to their inability to bowl in the right areas. Still the new-look pace unit had managed to keep their heads up for a brief period in both the Test matches, troubling their opponents by their ability to get swing.
In Wellington, Abu Jayed and Ebadat Hossain did put the visitors on the back-foot when the former removed both the openers and reduced them to 8-2, coming after they were dismissed for 211 runs in the first innings, before rain came down to stop them from having a real go at the hosts.
The two pace bowlers impressed with their ability to swing the new ball and constantly found enough movement to trouble both, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor - with the latter even getting dropped twice in a single over off the luckless Jayed, before punishing the visitors with an aggressive double-hundred.
"Everyone miss catches and that is quite normal. Basically probably it was not written in my fate and I have taken it that way," an upbeat Jayed told reporters ahead of the Christchurch Test.
"Basically more than our [pace unit] performance the result of the team is more important. If our team could get a result than it would have been more pleasing. We still have one match to go and we have developed the faith that we can swing the ball. The batsmen are finding it difficult to play our deliveries and it is increasing our self belief," the pacer added.
Unlike at home, where the pitches have been tailor-made for the spinners, both Jayed and his new-ball partner Ebadat have found plenty of help in the pace bowler friendly conditions of New Zealand.
Bowling coach, Courtney Walsh, has been under fire back home for the lacklustre performances of Bangladesh - especially in overseas conditions, but Jayed believes the legendary West Indian bowler has been useful to the team with his timely inputs. "We were talking with Walsh today and it seemed we are improving in one area and that is we are able to swing the ball more than what we do in Bangladesh," the 25-year old pacer said.
Jayed also revealed that they were working out to see if they can use the bubble-ball that had brought quite a bit of success for Tim Southee lately. "We are also working around with the bubble-ball that Southee bowls a lot. It is more or less like a cross-seam delivery and the ball is bowled with out-swing grip but after pitching it goes inwards," he said, even as he confessed that he wanted to meet the New Zealand bowler and gain some knowledge about using the delivery. "I will try to learn and it and also plan to sit with Southee after the match," the Bangladeshi opening bowler concluded.