All the versions show a total of 31 and only twice did Bangladesh smile. There were two historic victories in ODIs and Tests in Cardiff in 2005 and in Mirpur in 2017. But winning the T20 against Ajit has been elusive. Of course, it has been seen only four times. Also in four World Cups. This is the first time the duo have faced each other in a bilateral T20 series. First of all, Bangladesh has a big opportunity to bet.
Australia’s Bangladesh tour is basically to see some cricketers playing ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup. That is different from Bangladesh. Mahmudullah’s team is looking to stand on solid ground in the T20. Bangladesh’s mission is to eradicate their ‘inexperienced’ slander in the short version.
Australia are not getting some of their top stars due to injury and rest. Steven Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stones, Jay Richards, Kane Richardson, Aaron Finch. The list goes on. Among the influential cricketers, Bangladesh is not getting stars like Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das in the series. Of course, that is nothing compared to Australia.
Australia has been weak in terms of batting as there are not so many. That weakness was understood in the West Indies tour. They flew 4-1 in a five-match series. The wickets that the Aussie batsmen have suffered in St. Lucia can give hope to Bangladesh. Hayden Walsh Jr. and Fabian Alan Ajid, two Caribbean spinners, were quite successful on a slightly slower wicket.
In a very supportive condition for the spinners in Mirpur, that task will be more difficult for the Australians. Bangladesh’s spin attack, especially at home under the leadership of Shakib Al Hasan, could be a big test for the Australians.
Of course, the Australian bowling attack is also a big test for the batsmen of Bangladesh. Despite the lack of batting, the visitors’ bowling is quite strong.
There are two like Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood in the pace attack. With skill they can be effective on any wicket. Bangladesh’s top order will therefore have to face the challenge of Stark-Hazelwood.
Ajit’s spin department is also suitable. Leg Adam Jumpa with great rhythm is the main hope of the team. Jampa can give confidence to Matthew Wade considering the weakness of Bangladesh batsmen in playing leg spin. Off-spinner Aston Turner could be effective due to the left-arm scattering in the Bangladesh squad. Left-arm spinner Aston Agar did not do badly in the West Indies.
However, Bangladesh should take care of these spinners at home. Despite seeing their good potential, Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah’s voice is quite cautious, ‘It is difficult to say at this moment whether it is the best opportunity. Because they are a very good team. They have to lose if they play good cricket. What matters is how well we apply our skills on match day. How much we can apply ourselves according to the conditions and situation of the match. A lot depends on those things too. ‘
‘I think it will be a very good series. We played good cricket throughout the series in Zimbabwe. We also have confidence. We are looking forward to playing our best cricket.
Australia announced the name of the captain on the morning before the match quite inconsistently with their professionalism. Wade is the co-captain of the West Indies series. However, Bangladeshi journalists did not get a chance to cover his virtual press conference. Speaking in front of his country’s media, however, Wade did not say a word about this series and the opponent Bangladesh. The World Cup ahead, their worries about the various calculations of their team. With the performance, the task of bringing back Ajit’s attention is now on Bangladesh.