The home side are missing some senior figures but Australia’s batting line-up is uncertain
Another opportunity awaits for these two teams to work on plans and players to press for selection ahead of the T20 World Cup. The series could not be much more condensed – five matches played across seven days with two sets of back-to-back matches – but it has taken considerable work and negotiation to get this tour across the line.
(last five completed matches)
In the spotlight
Bangladesh are without Rahim, Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das for a variety of injury and bio-bubble reasons. They may look to bolster the spin attack compared to what they used in Zimbabwe. Left-armer Taijul Islam, who has only previously played two T20Is, and allrounder Mosaddek Hossain are options.
Bangladesh (possible): 1 Mohammad Naim, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mahmudullah (capt), 5 Afif Hossain, 6 Shamim Hossain, 7 Nurul Hasan (wk), 8 Nasun Ahmed, 9 Mohammed Saifuddin, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Shoriful Islam
Wade revealed he would be moving into the middle order with a view to his likely role in the World Cup. Moises Henriques could be under pressure for his place after struggling in the West Indies. While Alex Carey’s T20I numbers are poor, he would give another left-handed option in the middle order. Ben McDermott is available after his ankle injury but Riley Meredith has a side injury. The uncapped Nathan Ellis, who was a travelling reserve, has been elevated to the main squad.
Australia (possible): 1 Josh Philippe, 2 Ben McDermott, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Alex Carey/Moises Henriques, 5 Matthew Wade (capt & wk), 6 Ashton Turner, 7 Dan Christian, 8 Ashton Agar, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Pitch and conditions
Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo said he expected “a traditional Dhaka wicket” and did not think they would take a huge amount of spin. There is a chance that thunderstorms could impact the matches.
Stats and trivia
- The last time these teams met in a T20I was at the 2016 World Cup where Zampa claimed Player of the Match. The only other time they have met in Bangladesh was in 2014.
- Starc needs two wickets to become the first Australia men’s bowler to take 50 in T20Is. Zampa is close behind on 47.
“Bangladesh don’t play against Australia that often, so this is a big series for us and we’re determined to do well in it.”
Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo
“All fringe players, every time they get an opportunity it’s an audition. Sometimes walking out, you know you only have a couple of chances to nail your spot down. I’m speaking from experience there. Every time you walk out, there’s pressure and you want to do your best but it’s probably more of an audition than previous tours.”
Matthew Wade on the race for World Cup spots
Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo
Source: ESPN Crickinfo