“I think we can beat Australia”, says Mushfiq

"I think we can beat Australia", says Mushfiq

Bangladesh’s Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim is confident of his sides chances in the upcoming Test series against Australia. He is excited and looking forward to take on the world champions in the five-day format for the 1st time in his career. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ‘অস্ট্রেলিয়াকে হারানো অসম্ভব কিছু নয়’]

While talking to the media on Monday at Mirpur, Mushfiq openly expressed his excitement for the series and reiterated that Bangladesh can beat Australia if they use the home ground advantage.

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“It will be my first Test match against Australia and the situation is same for most of us,” Mushfiq said.“It is a great feeling. Australia are known to play aggressive cricket and we’ll also try to play with an aggressive mindset against them.”

Bangladesh’s performance in Test cricket has improved immensely in the past two years. Bangladesh won their 1st Test match against England earlier this year, also drew the Test series against Sri Lanka 1-1 by winning their 100th Test match. These performances and the inclusion of young talent is giving Mushfiq hope for the series against Australia.

The wicket-keeper batsman said,“In the last 2-3 years some exciting players have come into our side and so we can now dream to win against any Test side. If we can make the best use of our home condition, then I think we’ll be able to beat Australia. We have been working hard for that.”

Mushfiq was not hesitant to talk about the problems in the bowling department. He accepted that there are a few dents in Bangladesh’s bowling attack. But he backed his  bowlers to get the job done against the Aussies.

Mushfiq said,”You have to take 20 wickets to win a Test match. In this sector, we have some lacking. We don’t have a good leg-spinner and moreover, we don’t have a genuine fast bowler.”

“We have two world-class bowler like Shakib and Taijul. Now, Miraj is here too. These three have the ability to take 20 wickets against any side in the world and they’ll get familiar pitches too. We have already proved our ability on our home soil by beating England. Hopefully, history will be repeated,” he added.

The series was under serious threat of not transpiring due to the pay dispute between the Australian cricket board and their players. But now with the dispute heading towards an end, the series most likely will take place.

Ashfaq Niloy,Correspondent,bdcrictime.com