Bangladesh will host a two match Test series against Australia in the month of October in 2015, the first series between these two nations after 2006.
Australia will head to Bangladesh for a two match Test series after a period of 9 years.
Cricket Australia announced today that the Aussies will play a three-day tour match in Fatullah from October 3 before Tests in the coastal city of Chittagong (October 9-13) and the capital Dhaka (October 17-21).
The last time when Australia toured Bangladesh they won the series 2-0. The series has been squeezed in between the one-day component of Australia’s tour of the UK, which finishes on September 13, and the Commonwealth Bank Test series against New Zealand, which starts in Brisbane on November 5.
The tour of 2006 turned out to be a memorable one for the tourists. Bangladesh looked dominating in their first innings and posted a huge total of 427. Aussies, after being in a concerning position managed to emerge victorious courtesy of Adam Gilchrist’s brilliant 144. The second test was even more memorable as Jason Gillespie who was sent as a night watchman at no.3 made history by scoring a double ton which is till date the best score by a night watchman.
Bangladesh, often associated with a tagline termed Minnows, doesn’t play like minnows as they are staging huge upsets in the international arena and are slowly improving as a force in international cricket. The way they kept South Africa under pressure in the first Test match recently, they can’t be taken lightly at any cost and one can hope for a competitive series between the Tigers and Aussies.
Australia’s tour of Bangladesh:
Oct 3-5: Warm-up match v BCB XI, Fatullah (Khan Shaheb Ali Osmani Stadium)
Oct 9-13: First Test v Bangladesh, Chittagong (Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium)
Oct 17-21: Second Test v Bangladesh, Dhaka (Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium)