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Not Concerned About Any Area Ahead of Bangladesh Test: Andy Moles

Ahead of Afghanistan’s one-off Test against Bangladesh at Chittagong from Thursday, Afghanistan interim coach Andy Moles has said that he is not concerned about any one particular aspect of his team’s game, aside from the fact that they need to show consistency across departments.

Cricketnext Staff |September 3, 2019, 10:58 PM IST
Not Concerned About Any Area Ahead of Bangladesh Test: Andy Moles

Ahead of Afghanistan’s one-off Test against Bangladesh at Chittagong from Thursday, Afghanistan interim coach Andy Moles has said that he is not concerned about any one particular aspect of his team’s game, aside from the fact that they need to show consistency across departments.

"I'm not concerned about any area. We need to play more consistently. We need to bat and bowl better. We need to make sure our concentration level is high while fielding. We are very much in need of efficiency." Moles told reporters on Tuesday.

"But, if we don't play well, it will be a learning curve. And we must get better in all aspects playing more Test cricket. We have enough respect for Bangladesh team. They play wonderful cricket at home. But we are looking forward to the challenge. We are under no illusion that it's going to be easy. But if we can do the right things at the right time, we can achieve something special after five days."

Afghanistan drew the two-day practice game that they played, posting 289/9 in the first innings, and dismissing their local opposition for 123 runs. Rashid Khan picked up three wickets, while new chinaman bowler Zahir Khan took an impressive 5/24.

"I don't have many concerns. We have been now together for two weeks in Abu Dhabi and then here. We worked on all aspects. And last few weeks we working on our skills against spin. We are confident with our preparation. And now it's just to put (forward the) challenge to the players and they are looking forward to the Test match.

"The coaching staff is delighted with effort from the players. This is really hard challenge to play against Bangladesh in Bangladesh. If we look at the past series, top teams in the world had to put a lot of hard work. We are under no illusion that this is going to be our tough examination of our skills. But we have worked hard. (We're) delighted with the attitude the players put into this game. Now, let's see how they play and hope for a good result."

Moles also avoided comparing his team’s spin attack to Bangladesh’s, and said he was aware that Bangladesh would look to attack predominantly with their spinners.

"I'm not here to talk about Bangladesh. I'm here to talk about what we can control. We can control how they bat, bowl and field. I can get my players under the captaincy of Rashid to apply them in a manner which get the best out of them. Being consistent is our challenge. We have got skilful players as well.

"I'm not surprised (about Bangladesh’s spin attack). I have seen the results of yours in last few games. Its home advantage. I would be surprised if they did not come with spin. We also have good spin attack.

"It will be massive (if we win). We can play well because the guys have put that effort. We are not scared of Bangladesh, but we respect them. We know how we have to play. Hopefully the players apply themselves according to the plans in dressing room and team meetings.”​

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