PV Sports Desk : Motivated Bangladesh will take on strong Australia in the first Test of Rocket two-match series scheduled to begin tomorrow (Sunday) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur in the city.
The match kicks off at 10 am.
The Tigers have no shortage of self-belief as they beaten England in their most recent home Test and Sri Lanka in their most recent away Test.
The Tigers have spinners who have challenged Australia’s defensive techniques and patience, and one of those is also the world’s best Test allrounder: Shakib Al Hasan.
They have enough experience and talent in their batting order, through Shakib, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim may the causes of concern for Australia’s bowlers.
Shakib has averages 40 with the bat, 33 with the ball, and is No.1 on the ICC’s rankings for Test allrounders, yet because he doesn’t play for one of the so-called “big teams” often, Shakib Al Hasan still probably doesn’t get the worldwide recognition he deserves according to cricinfo.com.
Entering his 50th Test match – and his first against Australia – he hopes to join Dale Steyn, Rangana Herath and Muttiah Muralitharan as the only bowlers with five-wicket Test hauls against all other countries. .
Australia entered the series without a warm-up game in Bangladesh and with a poor recent history in Asia. They have taken some self-belief from their competitive performance in India earlier this year, but questions remain over key batsmen David Warner and Usman Khawaja on slow, turning pitches, as well as the quality of their second spinner, Ashton Agar.