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Mushfiq expects tough challenge for series sweep

Update : 11 Nov 2014, 10:03 PM

Bangladesh Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim is focused on maintaining their consistency in performance and prepared to face a tough task against Zimbabwe in the third Test starting today in Chittagong.

It will be a rare outing for Mushfiq and his troop because in the 14 years of Bangladesh’s Test history, this is the first time the Tigers are standing on verge of completing a clean sweep at their own backyard. The only time it happened earlier was in 2009 in the West Indies.

The wikcetkeeper-batsman, who is also the most successful Bangladesh Test captain, is well aware of the challenge ahead and said, “The way we lost this year, I think we have a lot to prove. And we also do not get to play too many Tests so every Test for us is a way to prove something. The players are all mentally and physically prepared and we will try our best to make it 3-0 and try to be consistent ahead of the one-day series.”

Former Bangladesh captain and current selector Habibul Bashar saw his 18-match captaincy streak broken by Mushfiq in the previous match while the latter also has three wins compared to the one under Bashar. 

“Obviously it is a rare feeling. It never happened before. It is a good feeling but the reality is the way we won the last two Tests I reckon this Test is going to be more difficult but In Sha Allah we can win this. They have been here for the last three weeks and our bowling conditions - they know it very well now. So hopefully if the wicket plays to our strengths then we can make it 3-0,” he said.

The 26-year-old hailed Shakib al Hasan for his recent achievements and hoped the world’s No 1 Test all-rounder continues his magic and at the same time urged the out-of-form players to bank on the opportunity.

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