At the end of the third day’s play in Mirpur, Donald said that he was happy with some parts of his pace bowling pair, but not entirely.
“I’m not an overload block,” Donald said. “My way is to reiterate. I don’t give 16 plans in one day. It is just about the simple things that we do well. Our process with the new ball is not to look for outswinger or inswinger. The process is to find Litton’s gloves. That’s the Test match process I grew up with, and that’s how you build pressure. We make sure that we stick to the basic plan. If I see a flaw in a batter, we will discuss it in a break.”
Donald is a clear speaker and has little trouble getting through to the young fast bowlers under his wing. He usually keeps a translator handy during long discussions, with team director Khaled Mahmud or media manager Rabeed Imam helping him out. The 55-year-old said that he tends to stick to simple messages so that it doesn’t complicate the thinking of the bowlers ahead of or during a match.
“Ebadot and Khaled are busy learning their trade. We are constantly busy with other factors in terms of mindset and alignment. I thought today, Ebadot was fantastic. He ran in all day long. I told him after tea to ask (Mominul) for the ball nicely. He did that again, and caused problems,” Donald said.
“We, in South Africa and here, have not asked enough questions with the new ball. We are working on that attitude and skill. We are maybe slightly apprehensive, whereas the Sri Lankan guys were spot on in execution.”
“I thought the Sri Lankan quicks on the first day were awesome in terms of their consistency and asking questions. They were rewarded by 24 for 5. They got the ball to swing. They hit the areas. I said that on these wickets in Bangladesh , the new ball is massive. They exploited that really well.”
The fast bowling coach also rued missing the consistency of Shoriful Islam and Taskin Ahmed, who are both nursing injuries. “Shoriful, unfortunately, fractured his finger. Taskin is a great miss. He is a lovely kid. He has a serious sized engine in him. You just know he will run through a wall for you. But sometimes someone missing a game is another one’s opportunity,” Donald said. “Ebadot and Khaled have another opportunity to learn, and I want people to be vigilant and patient with their process. Khaled is learning all the time.”
Ebadot finishing with a four-wicket haul must have pleased Donald, though the South African surely knows he has his work cut out to put the Bangladesh pace attack in order.