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Australia expect 'trial by spin' against Bangladesh

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 2nd November, 2021 10:23:40 PM
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Australia assistant coach Andrew McDonald said on Tuesday that they are expecting a stern spin test against a spin heavy Bangladesh team in the ongoing ICC World T20.

Australia will take on Bangladesh on November 4 and it appears their 4-1 humiliation in Bangladesh still quite fresh in their mind but according to McDonald they are not losing their sleep over it considering key batsmen like David Warner and Steve Smith will execute their experience against Bangladesh spin to put them in a good position.

 Australia earlier sent an under strength Australia team in Bangladesh without their five major top-order batsmen as part of World Cup preparation but they were totally crumbled in a slow and low by Bangladesh spinners.

Skipper Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steve Smith, Glen Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis pulled out Bangladesh tour.

"We're going to get a little bit of a trial by spin, which has been a great challenge over the last sort of 12-18 months," McDonald was quoted in Cricinfo on Tuesday.

"But, we feel as though with Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell coming back into that [team], along with Aaron Finch, David Warner, we've probably got some more capable players in terms of the ability to play spin than what we had on the last tour.”

“It's not to say that those guys on the last tour weren't going to develop into great players of spin, but they were early on in their journey. And that was the first time that they've been exposed to such conditions. And it's not uncommon for people to fail on their first tour to the subcontinent. That's what happened to us, but we feel as though we've got better capabilities within this team. But it's literally going to be a similar trial by spin in my opinion,’’ he said.

Bangladesh spin duo Nasum Ahmed and Shakib Al Hasan shared 15 wickets between them in the recent series but Bangladesh will miss Shakib’s service who have been out of the tournament with a hamstring injury.

Bangladesh who already lost their three Super 12s matches will end their world cup mission with their last Super 12s match against Australia in Dubai and it is clear that the Dubai is not as deadly turning wickets as like Mirpur where Australia were humbled.