Skip to main content

Editor's Pick (Test): Bangladesh - Australia

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.
Batsmen
Steve Smith
Soumya Sarkar
Tamim Iqbal
David Warner
Bowlers
Pat Cummins
Taskin Ahmed
Josh Hazlewood
T Islam
All-Rounders
Mehedi Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan
Wicket-Keeper
M Rahim

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.
Indu
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 !!!

















Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Editor’s Pick (PKL)

The first match - UP - Bengaluru

UP Yoddha - Squad strength: 18 (16 Indian, 2 Overseas) Defenders – Jeeva Kumar, Hadi Tajik, Nitesh Kumar, Gurvinder Singh, Santosh BS, Rohit Kumar, Sanoj Kumar Raiders – Rishank Devadiga, Sulieman Kabir, Nitin Tomar, Surendra Singh, Mahesh Goud, Ajvender Singh, Gulveer Singh All Rounders – Rajesh Narwal, Pankaj, Sunil, Sagar B Krishna Bengaluru Bulls - Squad strength: 18 (16 Indian, 2 Overseas) Defenders –  Ravinder Pahal, Sachin Kumar, Navjot Singh, Pradeep Narwal, Kuldeep Singh, Mahender Singh Raiders – Rohit Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Sumit Singh, Harish Naik, Sinotharan Kanesharajah, Gurvinder Singh, Rohit, Sunil Jaipal All Rounders – Sanjay Shrestha, Ashish Kumar, Ankit Sangwan, Amit, Preetam Chhillar

My Lineup AR: Pankaj DF: Ravinder Pahal , Mahender Singh RA: Ajay Kumar, Nitin Tomar, Rishank Devadiga, Rohit Kumar

The points of some players go right through the roof. Nitin Tomar with a score of 654 and Rohit Kumar with 1018. I have seen Rohit Kumar play. He is r…

Blog Time : Ashes to Ashes

If anything comes close to the eccentric hype that takes place during India-Pakistan series, it is the Ashes. That is not the only similarity. This tournament is just as personal. The phrase ‘let’s go to the mattresses’ is taken very seriously during this tournament. That is seen if you take a look at how the name came about in the very first place.

THE NAME The first match between the two teams - England and Australia - took place in Melbourne, Australia in 1877. The legend of the Ashes began in 1882, after the ninth test. Australia toured England. It was a brilliant match. A match that Australia won on the English Soil. A match they almost lost. Dead silence took over the stadium. They could not believe their team had just lost to a colony on home soil.


On 2 September a celebrated mock obituary, written by Reginald Shirley Brooks, appeared in The Sporting Times. It read: In Affectionate Remembrance of ENGLISH CRICKET, which died at the Oval on 29 August 1882, Deeply lamented by a large…

Editor’s Pick (Nidahas T20): India - Bangladesh

The tournament has reached a point that we all love. An exciting point where we still do not know who the finalists are. With just two matches to go and berth still wide open; the rest of the Nidahas tournament looks to be just as thrilling.
If India wins, India books a seat in the finals. If Bangladesh wins, the team takes the second place on the points table (or the first depending on the NRR) So while India should aim to win, an eye should be kept on the run rate at all times. Weather looks dicey as well. It might rain. D&L are prepared as well. Let’s also be. Picking a lineup at a rainy time is crucial. I would pick five batsmen to support a good score and a high run rate. With the batsmen of both teams playing rather well, you will have to pick carefully. Pick the more consistent ones. Bangladesh The team is on a high after the wins. The top five batsmen have clicked taking the team to a whole new level. The bowlers need to keep up with a more consistent line and length. India W…