Bangladesh cannot bank on spinning tracks alone, says Tamim

The batsman believes the cogs in the machine will have to fire together for his team to achieve success in the forthcoming two-Test series against Australia.

Tamim Iqbal had scored a century in Bangladesh’s landmark Test win over England last year.   -  AP

Spinning track alone will not guarantee Bangladesh success in the forthcoming two-Test series against Australia, batsman Tamim Iqbal contended on Wednesday.

Bangladesh beat England on a heavily turning pitch in its last home Test in October and a similar strategy could follow when it takes on Australia in the first Test in Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium from Sunday. “It is not that we will win just by making spin tracks,” Tamim told reporters in Dhaka.

“Even if there is support for the spinners in the wicket, still our spinners will have to bowl really well.”

Tamim added: “Our batsmen also have to bat well as well as our pacers, who need to bowl well in these surfaces. If you want to see success then all these things have to work together.” He warned Australia also had a “top-quality spinner in Nathan Lyon.”

Opening batsman Tamim, who is also the vice-captain of Test squad, made a vital contribution in Bangladesh’s 108-run Test win over England when he scored a crucial century in the first innings.

Bangladesh has not played a Test against Australia since Ricky Ponting’s team visited the country in 2006, six years after it was granted Test status. Australia was due to play two Tests in Bangladesh in October 2015 but the tour was cancelled over security fears after a wave of attacks by Islamist extremists in the country.

Cricket Australia agreed to reschedule the series only after Bangladesh promised a head-of-state style security for the visitor. The second Test will begin at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong from September 4.