Pacer Abu Jayed can consider himself unlucky as, despite bowling well in the second Test when he removed both in-form Kiwi openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval, the 25-year-old was denied the big wicket of Ross Taylor on the fourth day as the right-hander was dropped twice in the same over.
Taylor went on to smash his third double-hundred and Jayed was unable to pick further wickets and when offered sympathy for his misfortune, Jayed said: “I need a five-wicket haul and if I had got Taylor that day, I am sure I would have bagged a fifer. Obviously, luck plays a big role in picking up wickets but I will keep pushing myself to the limit.”
Jayed did mention Bangladehs seamers' lack of experience when compared to their Kiwi counterparts as the likes of Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and Tim Southee have played a combined 168 Tests.
On the other hand, the four Bangladesh pacers Jayed (5), Ebadot Hossain (2), Khaled Ahmed (2) and Mustafizur Rahman (13) have played just 22 games combined.
“If you look at the bowlers of other countries they have all played a lot of Test matches, so I think we also need to play more. Test cricket is all about experience and the more you play, the more you learn and realise the nature of this game,” Jayed told reporters at The Hagley Oval yesterday.
The cricketer from Sylhet played just five Tests and has been the most aggressive and impressive Bangladesh seamer in New Zealand so far as he managed to trouble the Kiwi batsmen with his ability to swing it both ways.
According to Jayed, the tour of New Zealand has helped him to gain self-belief as he now has a better idea of his ability to cause trouble for international batsman. He is now trying to learn the 'bubble' ball from Kiwi pacer Tim Southee.
“I have spoken to [bowling coach Courthney] Walsh and I think we are developing as the ball swings a bit more here in New Zealand. I am also working on the 'bubble' ball that Southee bowls, where the seam position will remain like an outswing grip but it actually swings in after pitching. I will also talk with Southee after the game to know more about it,” he said.
Jayed, who has been a fan of English fast bowler James Anderson since childhood, informed that he has always tried to focus on aggression, which helps him to get the best out of himself.
Jayed's improvement is a sign for the team management to give inexperienced fast bowlers more opportunities consistently rather than dropping them after a few failures if Bangladesh want to prepare a new set of fast bowlers to thrive in Tests.