Mushfiqur wants Bangladesh to develop Test consistency

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Mushfiqur Rahim wants to see Bangladesh take their one-day international consistency onto the Test stage.

Bangladesh will playing their first Test in more than 14 months when their match against England in Chittagong gets underway on Thursday.

Such an absence has made it difficult for the Tigers to improve their standing in the longest format of the game.

However, having seen great strides be made in limited-overs cricket, Mushfiqur hopes that development continues in the Test side.

"The last two years we played ODIs very consistently. We want that in Tests too, to get better with each Test," said the skipper.

"If we [are consistent] over five days, we can reach a position where we can win.

"And even if it doesn't happen, if we can keep fighting over five days and play well to prove that we have the ability to compete physically and mentally."

Mushfiqur is confident the high temperatures and dry conditions on the pitch will provide Bangladesh an advantage over England.

He added: "Maintaining concentration and consistency over five days will be challenging. I think it will be more difficult for them than it will be for us, as they are not habituated to this weather, though they have been here for around 15-20 days.

"We'll try to maximise our advantage to the full, be it from the wicket or the weather conditions."

However, England skipper Alastair Cook believes the tourists' greater familiarity with Tests outweighs any such advantage for Bangladesh.

He said: "I think due to Bangladesh not playing much cricket over the last year or so, you outweigh that we are playing in, not alien conditions, but conditions that are not natural to us."