Ian Chappell Tips Bangladesh Tour Will Be Challenging For Australia
Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell believes the two-match Test tour to Bangladesh will test the skills of visitors, as he further feels it would not be an easy job for the Steven Smith-led side in the sub-continent against improving Tigers-led by gloveman Mushfiqur Rahim.
“It’ll be hard and I don’t think they believe it will be anything but hard,” Chappell was quoted as saying by ABC News Australia.
The former 73-year-old top-order batsman Chappell further reiterated Australia is aware of the hosts ability in their own backyard while terming the longer format series tougher one for the side which is concurrently ranked third in the latest ICC Test rankings with 100 rating points in 31 games, as fourth-ranked England is a point away to match-up with Australia.
“This [Bangladesh] will be a difficult tour,” Chappell further added.
Wary of the upcoming tour which is scheduled from August 27 in Dhaka, Chappell went on to say that the conditions would Test Australia as a side while adding the recent pay dispute which has further reached to an agreement won’t affect the performance of the players.
“Not so much because of the pay dispute, it’ll be hard because the conditions there are difficult,” Chappell maintained.
Interestingly, Chappell in the recent past has termed Bangladesh a weakling, as a unit in the Test set-up, has further changed the guard while revealing Bangladesh has become a strong force to reckon with the inclusion of talent while using the platform to the fullest.
Chappell, who was known for his skills during his career at the international circuit, stated Bangladesh has overhauled as a unit since past one-and-a-half-year in the gentleman’s game.
“In the last 12-18 months Bangladesh have really improved,” Chappell asserted.
However, it’s pertinent to mention, it would be the first time Australia will be playing under modernized pay agreement after Cricket Australia and Australia Cricketers’ Association (ACA) reached the agreement last week to feature in the foreseeable fixtures without any delay.
Interestingly, Australia lost their two previous Test series against India and Sri Lanka respectively in Asian conditions.
With the inclusion of Jackson Bird in the place of James Pattinson, Mitchell Swepson has been also given a green signal in the 14-member squad for Bangladesh from the selectors of Australia, as training camp will be held in Darwin, before the team will fly to Dhaka on August 18.
“Now the challenge for us is to play some bloody good cricket and entertain the fans, get the fans back on side,” Australian head coach was quoted as saying by Tripl M radio station.
Having the ability to turn the table, Bangladesh in 2016, levelled the two-match Test series in October when rookie off-spinner Mehedi Hasan bagged 19 wickets against Alastair Cook-led England, in the two games to be adjudged as Man of the series.
However, it is pertinent to mention, Australia were competitive in the four-match Border-Gavaskar series which they eventually lost by 2-1 in March, this year when hosts won Dharamsala Test by eight wickets under the leadership of Ajinkya Rahane.
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