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Rejuvenated Bangladesh targets Test revival

Bolstered by arrival of experienced stars including Steyn, South Africa will be keen to bounce back from ODI series defeat

Rejuvenated Bangladesh targets Test revival - Cricket News
Bangadesh cricketers celabrate after the dismissal of the Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez during the third day of the second cricket Test match between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on May 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bangladesh will look to carry its recent success in One-Day Internationals to Tests when it begins a two-match series against South Africa in Chittagong on Tuesday (July 21). 

Bangladesh's Test record is not very impressive despite a stellar improvement in ODIs which saw it register series wins at home against Pakistan, India and South Africa following its first-ever appearance in the quarterfinals of the World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand. 

Ranked ninth in the ICC Test rankings, Bangladesh has won just seven of its previous 91 Tests. But just like in the shorter format, an upward trend is also visible in Tests. Since January 2013, Bangladesh has played 16 Tests, lost just six, won four and drawn the rest. During the period, it swept Zimbabwe 3-0 and managed creditable draws against Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Pakistan and India, mainly at home. 

Although Bangladesh cannot improve its position on the table, it will be aiming to close the gap on West Indies, which is ranked eighth. Now faced with the daunting prospect of tackling top-ranked South Africa, Bangladesh sees a draw as a realistic target. 

"I think a batting-friendly pitch would be best for us," said Imrul Kayes, the opening batsman, on Monday. "If we can score over 400 runs, the game will head towards a draw. Against the No. 1 Test team in the world, a draw would be a big achievement. 

"The team is in a good rhythm. We won the last four ODI series at home. I think that if we can replicate our ODI form in the Tests, there will be something good for Bangladesh." 

South Africa will look to bounce back from its 1-2 defeat in the preceding ODI series, where it went down by heavy margins of seven wickets and nine wickets in the last two matches. 

Dale Styen heads a group of eight players back in the fray after missing the ODI series, who Russell Domingo, the coach, said will add fresh energy to the team. 

"We have to move on. It was a disappointing finish to our one-day series after starting well in the T20s," Domingo said, referring to its 2-0 win in Twenty20 International series before the ODIs.

"We have eight new players here which is always great; there is new energy, new ideas and some experience with guys like Dale joining the side." 

In a rebuilding phase following the retirement of Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and Alviro Petersen in recent years, South Africa will miss the services of AB de Villiers, who flew back home after the T20Is and was given a break from the ODI and Test series for personal reasons, snapping an unbroken run of 98 consecutive Tests. 

The second and final Test will be played in Dhaka from July 30 to August 3. 

Teams (from): 
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt, wk), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Litton Das, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Nasir Hossain, Taijul Islam, Jubair Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Shahid, Mustafizur Rahman. 

South Africa: Hashim Amla (capt), Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Stiaan van Zyl, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Simon Harmer, Temba Bavuma, Dane Vilas.

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