Wounded Australia would be dangerous, warns Chappell

Bangladesh manufactured their first ever Test win against Australia in the first Test of the two match series in Dhaka. The second and last Test is now on its way in Chittagong. Australia must win the match to level the series.

Former Aussie skipper Ian Chappell blamed lack of preparation behind the team’s downfall in the first Test.

In his column for Hindustan Times, Chappell said, “Even though international cricketers are fully professional and play nearly all year round, Australia’s failure was more to do with not playing any competitive cricket in the lead up to the Test series.”

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Pointing out to the cancelled preparation match before the Test series begun, Chappell said, “Not only did some Australian players miss out on competitive matches when an A tour to South Africa was cancelled due to the dispute with CA but the team were also then denied a warm-up game in Bangladesh because the ground was flooded.”

Chappell, though, appreciated Bangladesh for the vigorous performance, warned the Tigers for the next encounter.

“Bangladesh’s achievement shouldn’t be devalued; it adds another major scalp to their record and confirms they are finally attaining a level of competitiveness against the top sides. However, Bangladesh shouldn’t relax, since a wounded Australian side is a dangerous opponent; they’ll definitely be better for having played a game — albeit one they lost — that counted,” he said.