Smith looking forward to Bangladesh challenge

Smith looking forward to Bangladesh challenge

Australian captain Steve Smith is ready to take the challenge in Bangladesh as the Aussies head to Bangladesh on Friday for two Test starting later this month.

Dominating team Australia don’t have a happy-looking record in Asia. They have lost series against Pakistan (in UAE), Sri Lanka and India. However, compared to last year’s 0-3 humiliation to Sri Lanka, they have showed an improved performance in India this year. They won one Test, drew one in the four-match series. Smith’s men could’ve won the series if they had won the nail-biting Bengaluru Test.

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Australia will arrive Bangladesh on Friday night. Smith, who holds a good record in Asia, is optimistic of a successful tour in Bangladesh.

“They’re a very good side in their own conditions and they’re going to be very challenging,” Smith said.

“It will be great for us to get some game time there and play in those conditions, and see what we’ve learnt from India.

“Hopefully the guys have learnt a lot, and we’re able to take that into this tour and have a really successful one.”

Australia will practice on Saturday. They will play a two-dayer warm-up game on August 22-23. The first Test will begin from August 27 at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur. The second Test will be played from September 4 in Chittagong.

It will be 11 years time since Australia have come here to play Test series. The 2006 series was won by the Aussies by 2-0 which included a thrilling encounter in Fatullah. Australia had toured Bangladesh in 2011 for three ODIs just after the World Cup. They took part in 2014 World T20 which was hosted in this country but didn’t participate in U-19 World Cup last year.


-Ruffin, Correspondent,

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