Team Bangladesh has made a name for herself. If you wanted the Champions trophy 2017 you will know what I am talking about. Eight teams qualified for the tournament, Bangladesh included. Many teams such as West Indies were left out because they were not amongst the top eight teams in the world. Four teams made it to the next level, Bangladesh included. It was a big blow to teams such as Australia and South Africa who did not. Especially embarrassing because Bangladesh made it. In my initial blog, when I was talking about Team Bangladesh, I had insisted that they could make it. Because they really have nothing to lose. And everything to gain. They have made it on their own so far.
These underdogs have been doing fairly well since and have proven to have the potential to become giant killers. Since the world cup in 2015, they have shown that they can topple any team and come out on top. And they did, in the Champions Trophy 2017 by making it to the semi-finals.
Now, Australia is visiting Bangladesh. Tomorrow is their first of two test matches. One of Bangladesh’s key players - Shakib Al Hasan - has stated that his team is capable of winning both the test matches. Australia will respond on the field. This team, known for not taking any match lightly, went to a tropical city in Northern Australia to get used to Bangladesh’s hot and humid environment. That’s dedication for you.
Bangladesh has been in fairly good form. Australia, not so much. This tournament is wide open. Bangladesh’s spin attack versus Australia’s fast. Ricky Ponting’s team beat the home team in 2006 2-0. Australia visits Bangladesh after a decade. It’s a very different Bangladesh. A more confident one. I don’t mind taking their side. The Aussies have not won a tournament in the subcontinent since 2011 (read forever). Bangladesh seems to be a good place for the Aussies to change that.
The first test match begins 27th August 2017.
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan,
Shafiul Islam, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed.
Australia: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson and Jackson Bird.
This is Aussie Playing XI for the first test.Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Matthew Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Let’s take a look at my lineup.
Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh depends on Mehedi Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan (an all-rounder) and T Islam to lead their spin attack. The selection percentage is very low for a couple of them. If you want to go with the mass, please pick Glenn Maxwell and Mustafizur Rahman.
P.S. Please note that the above-expressed opinions are purely the Editor’s. We do not take responsibility, nor can we guarantee the performance of the players. All the best !!!