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  • 14 Mar
    导出博客文章Central Coast Mariners pair Nick Montgomery and Jacques Faty are set to make a
    timely return from injury for Sundays A-League clash against an in-form Brisbane
    Roar.Skipper Montgomery (hamstring) has been sidelined for the Mariners past two
    outings - heavy losses to Wellington Phoenix (3-0) and Western Sydney (4-1) -
    while central defender Faty (knee) hasnt played in over a month.However, they
    are expected to line up against the Roar at Central Coast Stadium, while
    midfielder Mickael Tavares is due back from Europe next week and is said to be
    progressing well with treatment from a France-based specialist in a bid to avoid
    knee surgery.All three have been missed by the inexperienced Mariners, who will
    need all the help they can get against a Brisbane side that tore Adelaide United
    to shreds with a 4-0 thumping on Sunday, extending their undefeated run to five
    matches.We hope to have one or two players back from injury as well, that will
    help us, striker Roy ODonovan said.Were a little bit light in a lot of ways. We
    need our most experienced players on the pitch for good reason.Hopefully this
    week weve got a reaction and the strongest team on the pitch thats available.The
    Mariners had 62 per cent of possession against the Phoenix in Wellington on
    Saturday night, but had only three shots on target and were overwhelmed by a
    side clearly keen to respond after the resignation of coach Ernie Merrick last
    week.It leaves them in ninth position on the ladder, three points ahead of
    bottom-placed Adelaide and level with Wellington and Newcastle.It obviously
    makes it a little bit more difficult as a team that theres not a lot of games
    out there (on the pitch), not a lot of experience of being 1-0 down after two
    minutes to draw upon where you go next, ODonovan said.But you learn. Hopefully a
    lot of harsh lessons were learned over in Hamilton.It was a pretty flat
    performance from us in an attacking sense. The beauty of sport is weve got next
    week now to put it right.
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    Olympics, Alex Pietrangelo felt right at home, no different in some ways to the
    travel experience of any old road trip – save for the length of the journey,
    that is. Sabbir Rahman is at a delicate point in his career. He has been
    embroiled in off-field trouble, and has to pay an unprecedentedly high fine for
    what the BCB has described as a serious disciplinary breach. The amount of money
    involved would make anyones head spin, let alone that of one as young as
    Sabbir.The next few months could define which way he heads in international
    cricket. He needs to repair his reputation after this transgression, and the
    best way would be to quickly revert to doing what he knows best: batting with a
    free mind.The predominantly aggressive mindset with which Sabbir approaches
    every kind of cricket, and which has its roots in his origins as a T20
    specialist, has become representative of a shift in the mentality of Bangladesh
    batsmen at large.When Indian satellite-television channels started to become
    available in Bangladesh in the early 1990s, the current lot of cricketers in the
    country picked up most of what they know by watching matches telecast from
    around the world. But though the likes of Sanath Jayasuriya, Virender Sehwag,
    and now David Warner, have been watched keenly, very few Bangladesh batsmen have
    been able to bat aggressively like those players in a sustained fashion.Mohammad
    Ashraful and Aftab Ahmed were the first to bat at higher speeds against quality
    bowling but both lacked consistency. Tamim Iqbal started off as a bit of a
    dasher but modified his game to suit the wider needs of international cricket.
    And Shakib Al Hasans batting ability seems to have shrunk due to his
    over-exposure to T20.Sabbirs approach has provided a more localised blueprint of
    the Sehwag and Warner template. He differs from some of the best Bangladeshi
    batsmen in that he had his aggressive mindset before he made it to international
    cricket.****With no chairs in sight, we plonk ourselves down on the ground
    behind where the Rajshahi Kings players have placed their bags. Space is at a
    premium at the small Academy ground in Mirpur, with three teams training on the
    day, one on which no BPL games are due to be played. Sabbir speaks with the
    distinct Rajshahi cadence and gives off a smile every once in a while.At the
    crease, he doesnt move as the bowler approaches, and only reacts according to
    the length. He brings his bat down in a flash to play the square-cut. When
    pulling the ball, he unwinds fast from his stance into a fiery shot, not always
    lifting his front leg for balance. His driving in the arc from in front of point
    to midwicket is also full of simplicity. There is no big backlift or flourish.
    See ball, hit ball.He only recently made his maiden T20 century, a 61-ball 122
    with nine sixes. Rajshahi couldnt beat Barisal Bulls in the match but the
    innings was a standout for its sheer quality of clean hitting. It followed an
    assured Test debut against England, in which Sabbir nearly won Bangladesh the
    match with a fighting half-century. Earlier in the year, he had produced a
    54-ball 80 that gave Bangladesh their first T20 win over Sri Lanka.He says that
    his fondness for big hitting developed at an early age, as far back as 1996,
    when a 37-ball century in Nairobi took the world by storm.Since I followed
    Shahid Afridi in those days, I was attracted to big hitting, Sabbir said. Afridi
    had made that century, which made me think that even I should start hitting like
    him. But the problem was, I couldnt hit the ball too far. My friends didnt give
    me batting in tennis-ball cricket. The madness started within: how can I become
    a big-hitter?He found the solution quickly enough. I used to hang the ball in a
    sock and practise the big hitting at home. In school once, I ended up hitting
    six sixes. My confidence started building from that point.Growing up in
    cricket-mad Rajshahi, 250km northwest of Dhaka, Sabbir followed the well-trodden
    path of cricketers in the region, joining a cricket academy. He started at the
    Rashid Bari camp, from where he went to the Al-Rashid Cricket Academy, and then
    to the North Bengal Cricket Academy, a well-known finishing school that had a
    team in the Dhaka Second Division Cricket League.His coach at the time, Jamilur
    Rahman Saad, ferried him between cricket grounds during the Dhaka Premier League
    season as a substitute fielder. Teams that saw him repeatedly would complain to
    the match referee, but he mostly got away with it.When he was still studying at
    the Rajshahi Bholanath BB Hindu Academy, he played in the Dhaka Premier League
    for the first time, for Young Pegasus, a club that has been home to many
    Rajshahi players, among them Farhad Reza and Junaid Siddique.Sabbirs progress
    wasnt easy. He faced opposition at home, especially considering his older
    brother had joined the police force, which took him away from the family for
    long periods. Cricket in Bangladesh was big in the mid-2000s but it still
    sounded too adventurous a career path for a boy from a middle-class family that
    missed their oldest son.Sabbir was such an energetic kid that his coaches
    couldnt stop him from keeping wicket and bowling pace and offspin, which he did
    for months before settling on legspin and batting. He rose through the age-group
    ranks quickly and in 2010 gave a first glimpse of his hitting ability in that
    years Under-19 World Cup, batting at a 100-plus strike rate in six innings. A
    few months later his unbeaten 18-ball 33 helped Bangladesh win their first ever
    gold medal in the Asian Games, an innings that he called a career
    breakthrouggh.ddddddddddddWhen, three years later, Sabbir was dropped after
    three T20s for Bangladesh, it led to introspection and a realisation of what he
    specifically needed to do to be a consistent international cricketer. Mashrafe
    bhai told me to face a lot of balls in the nets as long as I am playing cricket,
    he says. So in the last three years I have tried to face at least 500 to 700
    balls per day, however I can.This boost in his training volume paid dividends
    for Sabbir, who became an ODI and T20 regular from the end of 2014, and against
    England last October he was an assured presence in his debut Test
    series.****Sabbir says that the base of his confidence comes from T20. This is
    an attitude new to Bangladesh cricket, where hitting out like he does is
    considered sacrilege. You can hit a six but you cannot hit the next ball for one
    as well. If you defend it instead, your club officials and coach will appreciate
    your maturity; if you do it in front of a packed stadium, there will be long
    applause.The way Sabbir sees it, each player has a favourite format and his
    happens to be T20. It helps that he has found a bridge between his T20 outlook
    and how he should bat in Tests.The biggest thing for a player is his mentality
    and how it builds his confidence. It is very important to believe in yourself. I
    always have extra confidence when I am playing T20s because I like it.I have
    only recently found some runs in first-class cricket because I changed my
    mentality when batting in this format. I think a batsman should play more shots
    in Tests; there are simply more opportunities to score with the field settings.
    A batsman can think of defending or leaving the ball, but I think a batsman
    should have the same mentality in all three formats.I got out of the two Tests
    with confidence. I played my way. I left the ball, and I also played the
    shots.He says that it is important for him to back his methods, even if it
    raises questions regularly. Even my friends sometimes ask me why I got out for a
    duck. Why did you go for an early big hit? they ask me sometimes.But if I am
    confident, I can get over the bad innings and have the confidence to score a
    hundred in the next game. A batsman who works really hard has that inner
    confidence and knows his game - he will always be in the right frame of mind, he
    said.The Sabbir way has influenced younger players. He has showed in the last
    two years that it is not just cool to play the way he does but useful too. Even
    older batsmen, like Shahriar Nafees and Mominul Haque, say that Sabbirs approach
    has encouraged them to bat differently in T20. While they havent exactly tried
    to imitate him, both those players have looked more proactive in this years BPL.
    Having realised a while ago that they needed to do well in T20 to sustain
    themselves in the game at large, it is only now that they have figured out what
    will work. There are things that I have picked up from Sabbir, who is an amazing
    hitter of the ball. But I cannot just start hitting sixes from the first or
    second ball like him, said Nafees. He is super-fit.I think I have more
    understanding of the format, and it is crucial to bat according to the
    situation.I havent had to make too many changes to my technique, Mominul, who
    had a strike rate of 118.13 in nine innings as Rajshahis opener, said. It is all
    in the mentality, the belief. I think it has a lot to do with changing the mood
    of my batting. I have been playing Tests for the last two years, so it was
    always tough to readjust to T20s.I will take this confidence into international
    cricket.Nafees made some fundamental changes, which included his bat weight. He
    has batted in the BPL with one that weighed 2.10 pounds, while he previous
    played with a 2.7-pound bat. He also worked on his bat-swing during the off
    season so as to be able to hit sixes with more ease. Nafees has had success in
    the BPL before - he struck his maiden century in the 2013 tournament - but the
    freedom with which he has batted this time was plain to see. The ten sixes he
    has hit in this years tournament have more than doubled his overall T20 sixes
    tally.The change of approach involved putting effort into becoming leaner, and
    spending more hours in the gym than before. At the start of my career, all the
    focus was on Tests and ODIs but now T20 gives you a lot of exposure, Nafees
    said. I think the difference this year has been my fitness. I feel a lot lighter
    on my feet, so my agility has improved and I feel more strength overall. This
    power game is now the standard in international cricket.****Sabbir has only just
    started out in international cricket and hasnt yet had the inevitable first bad
    season. Chinks in his make-up will probably be exposed soon enough by the teams
    he comes up against, but he knows that if he remains confident in being able to
    carry out his method day in day out, he will be a consistent international
    batsman.He also wont want a pile-up of off-field controversies early in his
    career, and will do well to understand the responsibilities that come with being
    an international cricketer and, consequently, role model. If he lets incidents
    like the recent disciplinary breach dent his impact as a batsman, Sabbir stands
    in danger of losing the most beautiful thing about his game - the mental clarity
    with which he bats. ' ' '