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Mominul Haque

Mominul Haque aims to draw inspiration from U19 team

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Following his side's heavy defeat in the first Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi, Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque said his team will look to seek inspiration from the junior team, who created history by winning the ICC U19 World Cup in South Africa.

Put in to bat first Bangladesh were bundled for 233 with only Mohammad Mithun scoring a half-century. Things only got worse for them in the second innings as Naseem Shah took a hat-trick to bundle them for 168, consigning them to defeat by an innings and 44 runs.

Mominul Haque minced no words in his assessment of his team's performance. "It was a very disappointing performance by us, there is no excuse for it and I think we have to improve a lot of things," he said.

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"In home conditions every team is very good. They know our strength and they bowled very well. They worked very hard and it was more disappointing because we could not get even one 100-run partnership. I think it is very difficult to score big runs if you get out at 30 or 35, because then you cannot make good partnerships. We have lost the last eight or nine Test matches and we are working to overcome it."

To do that, Haque is willing to learn and take inspiration from all sources, and said that the U19 team's victory in the World Cup final serves as a great lesson for self-belief. "If you want to learn something, you can learn from your juniors and from everywhere. They can give us some knowledge on how to get good results," said the 28-year-old.

"They really fought back on the ground and we should learn from them. We have to learn one more thing from them and that is the way they have shown self-belief."

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