Bangladesh national team batting consultant Neil McKenzie on Monday said that he was very much impressed with the talents in the team and wanted to add more value to this country’s cricket.
The 42-year old former South African batsman, who was appointed as the batting consultant of Bangladesh cricket team for the limited-over game during the West Indies series, joined the team at Mirpur as the Tigers were preparing for their upcoming assignment - the Asia Cup.
The former South African opener had a successful outing on his debut series with the Tigers as Bangladesh went on to win both the one-day and Twenty20 series by identical 2-1 margin against the Caribbean in July-August.
McKenzie, who played 58 Tests, 64 ODIs and two Twenty20s for South Africa and acted as South Africa’s batting consultant twice was highly satisfied with the Tigers’ batting unit that performed exceptionally well in that series and wanted to use his experience of playing in Bangladesh as well.
‘Obviously I played in here, in Bangladesh quite a few times. I found out that I could add most value for Bangladesh in terms of their batting,’ McKenzie told reporters at Mirpur.
‘I saw a lot of talents and was very impressed with the guys with their work, with their work ethic, work with the bat speed and with just the general knowledge. So in terms of that I thought I could add good value here.
Despite the recent success in the Caribbean, McKenzie didn’t want to compare the Tigers with other big teams and said that he wanted to look forward with their strengths and game plans.
‘For me Bangladesh is a good batting unit. We have to use our strengths more. To compare any side will be little bit harder, may be you can ask me that question after six to seven months after we play a few tournaments and I have got to know the guys,’ he said.
‘I think for them, we are quick between the wickets, we have to use that. Our wrist is unbelievable. With those sorts of the game plans and committing to that, Bangladesh can be a really good one,’ he added.
McKenzie also revealed the way of his working with the cricketers and how they should play according to different situations.
Bangladesh suffered some heart-break defeats in the final overs in recent times and McKenzie said he and head coach [Steve Rhodes]were working with the cricketers on it.
‘I think Steve is just putting the guys under pressure. You look at all the one-day sides around the world are quite similar. So he is trying not to come down to last ball and last over,’ said McKenzie.
‘So it’s just putting specially the younger guys into those pressure situations. So when it does happen in big occasion they know they were in there and practiced for it.’
‘There are two areas we feel we can make big differences. The commitment what we are looking at while chasing six in an over. Your game is just to set up to chase 12 per over.
‘There are two different hitting. While chasing six, you will have to go for one and twos and in space looking for boundaries in different areas.
‘If I am going for 12, I will like to swing a little bit harder and go for those bigger shots. Technically with bigger shots and mentality of commitment is what your game plan,’ he added.
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