Australia’s recent performance in the Ashes did not inspire a lot of confidence. Barring a couple of individuals, the players failed to click together as a unit in England. With Michael Clarke calling it a day, the onus is now on the inexperienced shoulders of Steve Smith to lead the Australians. Smith’s first assignment will be against Bangladesh, in their own backyard.
2015 by a mile has been the best year for Bangladeshi cricket fans. After an awe inspiring performance in the 2015 World Cup, they defeated Pakistan, India and South Africa in ODI series’. In their own conditions, the Bangladeshis are as good as anyone. The rise of Bangladesh has been so phenomenal that even the Australians are cautioned before they depart for the Asian nation.
Former Australian batsman and Bangladesh coach Stuart Law has cautioned the Kangaroos to not take Bangladesh for granted. “If Bangladesh play anywhere near what they have been in recent times, they will give Australia a real fright. People who are expecting Australia to come here and be the big bully and beat Bangladesh out of the stadium, I don’t think that’s the case. Bangladesh will be ready for a fight,” Law told reporters. “Australia are going through rebuilding. It is a different look team.The amount of experience that has left the team recently is a huge hole to fill,” Law said.
Law spoke about the general conditions in Bangladesh, and said that the visitors would find it really difficult to adapt to the changes. “Understand it will be hot. The ball will turn and another big stepping stone would be to get used to the lifestyle here. They have a lot of hurdles to jump over. Bangladesh has to play good cricket. It will be tight,” Law said.