Momimul out to make mark in ODIs

Batsman Mominul Haque said on Sunday that he is eyeing to improve his performance in one-day internationals and preparing himself accordingly for the ICC World Cup. Despite remaining one of the Bangladesh’s batting nucleuses in Test cricket he is unable to make his mark in ODIs, a mystery that still remained unsolved. Whereas in 12 Test matches the left-hander scored 1,198 runs averaging 63.05, he could only manage 539 runs in 24 ODIs at 25.66. Mominul appeared determined not to allow the debate of whether he is capable enough to handle the ODI prolong further and is keen to repay the selectors for putting faith in him. ‘Definitely, I will have a target,’ Mominul told reporters at Mirpur on Sunday. ‘I would like to do something in [ODI] as I have done nothing special so far in this format. ‘ Mominul said that there is hardly any problem whatsoever coming at different position in the batting line-up, a reason many believed is hugely responsible for him not to shine as brightly in ODIs as he did in Tests. Though he is a regular number three in Test, the left-hander is yet to get a permanent position in ODI team. He batted at third, fifth, sixth and seventh position so far in his brief career. ‘Actually I don’t have any problems coming at different places,’ said Mominul. ‘I am willing to bat wherever the team wants me. ‘If I bat at number three than there is a chance of playing a big innings while coming down the order my focus will be to increase the run-rate,’ said Mominul. ‘However, I am yet to have a chat with team management regarding my role,’ he said. Mominul added that his priority in training now is largely centered on playing in the back foot as that will be crucial in the bouncy wickets of Australia and New Zealand. ‘I am trying to adjust with bounce [rising deliveries] as the wickets will have bounce in the Australian conditions,’ said Mominul. ‘Whether it is batting in the machine or otherwise that is the area I am working on,’ he said. ‘We are working on those areas as the coach suggested that if we want to do well in those conditions it is imperative to know how to play in the back foot like playing hook and pool.’ The diminutive left-hander said that the big grounds also will test the endurance of the Tigers’ batsmen as the running between the wickets will be extremely crucial. ‘It will be draining initially as we have to pick one and twos,’ said Mominul adding, ‘It will be important and we are working on that.’ Mominul said that his 5ft 3inch height won’t be a big issue as there are several short players doing well in those conditions.

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