In the recent times, whenever the battle between Kangaroos and Tigers was about to take place rain came to interfere. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ‘বাংলাদেশ ও অস্ট্রেলিয়া’ বনাম ‘বৃষ্টি’!]
In 2015 World Cup, the match between Bangladesh and Australia was postponed without a ball being bowled due to rain then once again in ICC Champions Trophy 2017, rain poured in the midst of the match which forced both teams to share points. But this wasn’t the end though.
In 2016, Australia were all set to visit Bangladesh to play play 2 Tests but they called off in the end due to security reasons.
After all the ups & downs, Australia are now finally here to play the 2 match Test series starting from 27th August.
In their previous meetings, Bangladesh lost 2-0 in 2003 in an away series against Australia and then again lost 2-0 at home back in 2005/06.
Well, no one can forget the 2005/06 Test series as a miracle happened in Chittagong in the second Test when Jason Gillespie came to bat as a night watchman and then ended up scoring a brilliant double century. This will remain in the record books for a long long time.
But time changed, so as the Bangladesh team. Their recent form in the Test arena clearly says so.
In 2017, they beat England at home and then they beat Sri Lanka that too playing away from home. The batsmen learnt how to handle pressure in tough situations which was the weakest point of Bangladesh in Test matches.
On the other hand, Australia has a very decent form at home but they struggled a lot in the Asian pitches in recent time. They lost the Test series against India & lost miserably against Sri Lanka in their home.
They struggle a lot against spin bowlers and Bangladesh will surely try to take advantage of it. All eyes will be on the duo Shakib Al Hasan & Mehidy Hasan Miraj who demolished England with their tremendous bowling effort.
Australia might think in the end that they made a mistake as they bought only 2 spinners Ashton Agar & Nathan Lyon.
When it comes to batting department, the inform batsman Tamim Iqbal will surely be a player to watch out for while, Aussie skipper captain Steven Smith is the best Test batsman in the world right now and plays spin amazingly. He will be a serious threat for the Tigers. If the pitches turn out to be spinning tracks, we are all in for a cracker of a series.
Bangladesh Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (c/wk), Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan,Hasan Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Shafiul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman.
Australia Squad: Steven Smith (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Glen Maxwell, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade (wk), James Pattinson.
-Saif Ahmed Chowdhury