Allan Donald
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Bangladesh bowlers need to cope with the severe wind of Port Elizabeth to leave their superlative shows at the venue in the second Test against South Africa that is going to start on April 8.

Tigers pace bowling coach Allan Donald has advised his pace battery to carry on with relentless wind when they face off their South Africa counterpart in the series decider.

‘You have to contend with the severe winds in Port Elizabeth. It comes around 12:30 to 2’o o’clock over the scoreboard. Late in the afternoon, it gets up to about 40-45kph.’

‘As a bowler, you feel you are with it, and suddenly, you are against it. Someone has to do the dirty work (to bowl) into the wind. It is not going to be tough work,’ told Allan on Wednesday through a video message ahead of the tie.

He also urged the touring pace unit to be creative while vying at the old traditional venue as the surface over here becomes flat as the match grows older.

‘It is also a ground where you have to be very creative as a bowler. As the innings go on, the track will get flatter.’

‘From a fast bowling perspective, you always got to have something up your sleeve. You have to put your hand up and be brave. Try different things.’

Lauding the surface of Port Elizabeth, he further added that the venue offers such a track where there is always something for the batters and bowlers.

‘It is a wicket where you are never in or out of a game as a batsman or a bowler. There’s always something happening.’

The 55-year-old Protea coach, initially touted as ‘The White Lightening,’ also left a bankable offer for the batters as hitting a hundred over here won’t be taxing.

‘It is one of those Test grounds where you look at the numbers (and realize) that you can get in and make big hundreds.’

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The Tigers coach also praised a-high to the visiting pace battery for their beaming performance in the first Test at Kingsmead, Durban. They bowled out the hosts for 204 in the second inning, paving their way to earn another win overseas, which they eventually couldn’t.

Among eight wickets in the second, the pacers scalped 5, where Ebadot Hossain and Taskin Ahmed ended with 3 and 2, respectively.

In the first innings, also they lead the side from upfront.

‘I think the Bangladesh seamers can be very proud of the way they conducted themselves in the first Test.’

‘We didn’t start off so well. They got off the blocks rather early. I think we were feeling our way into it a little bit. Once we settled down, it was very good.’

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