Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is the only active Bangladeshi player who has played against Australia in Tests. He thinks that he played against the all-time best eleven in Test cricket. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ‘সর্বকালের সেরা একাদশের বিপক্ষে খেলেছিলাম’]
Bangladesh toured Australia for the first time in 2003 for two Tests. Mashrafe played both the Tests and took four wickets. Three years later, Australian side came to Bangladesh for the first time to play a bilateral series. Mashrafe took three wickets in that series.
At that time, Australia had cricketing greats like Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne.
“When I played against Australia I think it was not only the best ever Australian team but also the all-time best eleven in Test cricket.” said Mashrafe. “Matthew Hayden, Shane Warne, Jason Gillespie, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh — who wasn’t there?”
“Maybe this team is different from what we have played before and it’s obviously possible to beat them if we can give our best and more importantly, we have to continue the attitude in which we have been playing. Those who are coming with the Australian team, many have said this is not their strongest side, but this same team has played very well in India but unfortunately they were unable to win the series. They have Smith, Handscomb who can single-handedly change the course of the game.”
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com