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Aussies to solve puzzles in Bangladesh series

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  • 29 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Aussies to solve puzzles in Bangladesh series
Justin Langer

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Australia will be looking to provide both match experience and the missing pieces of the puzzle before the selectors settle on a final squad for ICC World T20 later this year when they take on hosts Bangladesh in a five-match T20I series, starting on August 3 in Dhaka.

The current number five T20 side will arrive in Dhaka today for their first visit to the sub-continental country since 2017 which will also be their last series before the global event, scheduled in UAE and Oman in October-November.

Australia will be without most of their star players during the tour as Pat Cummins, David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson and Jhye Richardson opted to skip the tour while T20 skipper Aaron Finch was sidelined due to a knee injury ahead of the series.

 As Australia will miss most of the best players, they will try to give their relatively inexperienced players picked for the Bangladesh series as many opportunities before taking a final call for the World T20, which they are yet to conquer.

 However, Australia are still undecided about their skipper for the series against Bangladesh after regular skipper Finch was ruled out of the series after their T20 series against West Indies, which they lost by 1-4.

 Alex Carey, who made his captaincy debut in the ODI series, which Australia won by 2-1, impressed head coach Justin Langer during the series but his place in the T20 side is less secure.

Langer said he and the other selectors, George Bailey and Trevor Hohns, are yet to decide who will lead the team against Bangladesh with Matthew Wade another possible candidate.

“I thought Alex Carey’s captaincy was outstanding,” Langer said.

“One of the hallmarks of Alex Carey is, and he talks about it personally and we're talking about as a team now as one of our values or what we're looking to achieve as a playing group, is calmness.

“He's so calm, and you can see it in his face when he bats. As we know, he's the ultimate professional, so therefore he's easy to work with as a captain because you know that he will tick every box.

“He'll make sure that all his due diligence is done on the opposition, he'll know how our players are travelling, so he was great to work with,” he added.

The matches of the series will be held on August 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9 respectively at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in the capital.

Australia squad: Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Dan Christian, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade and Adam Zampa.

Travelling reserves: Nathan Ellils, Tanveer Sangha.