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Injury scare in Tigers' warm-up

| Updated: October 23, 2017 03:10:58

Injury scare in Tigers' warm-up

Bangladesh fast bowler Rubel Hossain sent an injury scare through the camp when he slipped and fell in his delivery stride on the second day of the squad's practice match in Chittagong, reports http://www.cricket.com.au.

An extended squad of Bangladesh's Test hopefuls are preparing in the coastal city for Australia's two-Test visit later this month, with Rubel impressing on a slow and low track. It was reported in Bangladesh media that Rubel had struggled to get to his feet after slipping in his delivery stride and collapsed to the ground at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

He later recovered and was able to continue bowling. He had already taken three wickets for the 'Green' team in the intra-squad match, finishing with 3-54. The pick of the batters was long-form specialist Mominul Haque who hit 73 in a 135-ball stay at the crease.

Nasir Hossain, who has not played a Test since 2015, also hit a half century but played down his chances of a recall to face the Australians.

"I am just enjoying the red-ball game as after a long break we are playing longer-version cricket. It's not as if I wanted to make my comeback by playing the practice match," Nasir said.  "It's just a practice match, so I tried to capitalise on the opportunity as much as possible. "We have been practising hard for quite some time for the coming series against Australia but match practice is always good.

"Competition is always good and it's good for everybody. As there are a number of players in the pipeline it just shows that our cricket is going up. "You need to be mentally strong to make a comeback. and I have that mentality."

Left-arm spinner Saqlain Sajib, who made his international debut in last year's World T20 group state match against Australia, also collected three wickets, finishing with 3-64. Highly-rated seamer Mustafizur Rahman continued his improvement by striking with the new ball to remove Test opener Imrul Kayes for his second low score of the match in the 'Red' team's second innings.

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