Australia are touring Asia for a Test series for the third time in 12 months. The team’s record in Asia may not be good but there are some bowlers to look for in the Bangladesh series. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ এশিয়াতে অস্ট্রেলিয়ার বোলারদের সাফল্য কেমন?]
It is likely that the Aussies will face spin-friendly tracks in Dhaka and Chittagong. Bangladesh managed to beat England in the second Test against Dhaka last year using this formula. They put on a great fight the first Test in Chittagong as well.
14-member Australia squad came to Bangladesh on Friday night. The squad has four spinners and four fast bowlers. Let’s have a look at their stats on Asian soil:
Josh Hazlewood: Matches: 7, Wickets: 15, Avg: 32.75, BBI: 6/67, 5wi: 1
Despite with a below average performance in Asia, Hazlewood is still going to be Australian bowling attack’s spearhead in Bangladesh Tests. He will look to build pressure and will be one of the bowlers who Bangladesh will be aware of.
Pat Cummins: Matches: 2, Wickets: 8, Avg: 30.25, BBI: 4/106
Cummins can be dangerous with his pace. He made an impact in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in March this year.
Nathan Lyon: Matches: 15, Wickets: 61, Avg: 37.18, BBI 8/50, 5wi: 4
Undoubtedly, Lyon will be Australia’s main weapon against Bangladesh on spin tracks. He took 16 wickets in three matches in Sri Lanka last year and then bagged 19 at 25.26 including 8/50 against India in four Tests.
Glenn Maxwell: Matches: 5, Wickets: 7, Avg: 41.28, BBI 4/127
Maxwell may not be as dangerous as Lyon but he worked with his bowling ahead of the Bangladesh tour. The Tigers cannot take him lightly either.
Ashton Agar: Matches: 2, Wickets: 6, Avg: 33.50, BBI 3/107 (first-class stats in Asia)
Jackson Bird: Hasn’t played in Asia
Mitchell Swepson: Yet to debut
Hilton Cartwright: Hasn’t played in Asia
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com