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Mushfiq: Bangladesh have edge after Proteas injuries

  • Published at 08:04 pm September 21st, 2017
Mushfiq: Bangladesh have edge after Proteas injuries
Bangladesh Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim feels the tourist will “probably” have advantage over host South Africa, who will be missing a few of their big names, in the two-match Test series. The Test series is set to start from Thursday in Potchefstroom. The Proteas will be missing big names in the shape of Dale Steyn, AB de Villiers, Chris Morris and Vernon Philander in the Test series. The absence of these star cricketers is expected to ease the job, at least a bit, for Bangladesh, who are touring South Africa for the fist time in nine years for a bilateral series. “I think South Africa are still a great side because they have great bowlers and batsmen," said Mushfiq to the local media in Cape Town Thursday.

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“It's a team game and they still have a very balanced, strong side. It will be challenging still, but without Steyn and Philander it will probably give us a bit more of an edge. It's not going to be easy to play against South Africa in their own conditions so this is the next step. We want to do well abroad and this is a great opportunity for us," the wicketkeeper-batsman added. Bangladesh are boosted following their maiden Test win against Australia last month. The win however, came at home where the Tigers have been consistent in all formats of the game. In the away tours, Bangladesh are yet to raise the bar of consistency. “You know when you are playing in South Africa that all the teams face difficulties. The fast bowlers and how we cope with those challenges (will be the key). As a nation we haven't played too many overseas Tests, but in the last two-and-a-half years we have been developing as a team,” said Mushfiq.