Bangladesh v Australia, 1st ODI, Mirpur

Clarke century sets up Australia's 60-run win

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

April 9, 2011

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Australia 270 for 7 (Clarke 101, Shuvo 3-44) beat Bangladesh 210 for 5 (Tamim 62, Shakib 51) by 60 runs
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Michael Clarke crunches the ball through the off side during his 101, Bangladesh v Australia, 1st ODI, Mirpur, April 9, 2011
Michael Clarke led from the front with 101 © Associated Press

Michael Clarke passed his first test as Australia's full-time captain, leading from the front with a century before his bowlers backed up the effort to complete a 60-run win over Bangladesh. Australia have a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and while the results might seem inconsequential after the World Cup, the subplot of Clarke taking over the leadership from Ricky Ponting has created some interest.

Clarke's 101 suggested that the responsibility could sit well with him, and he needed to anchor the innings after Australia lost three wickets in their first 14 overs having been sent in on a good batting pitch. He helped get the Australians to a strong total of 270 for 7 and Bangladesh, who only twice in their ODI history have successfully chased totals of that size, were not up to the task.

They stumbled to 9 for 2 in the fourth over of their pursuit and although Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan both made half-centuries, the result was all but certain by the halfway point of their chase. It was a strong all-round performance by Australia in the field, seven bowlers being used, including the rediscovered legspinner Cameron White, and five men claimed a wicket each.

Brett Lee got things started when he had Imrul Kayes caught behind in the third over and in the next over, Shahriar Nafees fell for a golden duck when he got his pad in the way of a Mitchell Johnson delivery that would have hit the stumps. Raqibul Hasan followed for 7 when he drove John Hastings to short cover, where Shane Watson took an Aussie rules-style mark, leaping high to his left, and the hosts were in trouble.

Tamim grew more cautious, Shakib steadied without scoring quickly, and the required run-rate started to expand. Although Bangladesh retained a glimmer of hope while that pair remained at the crease, the match was firmly in Australia's control when Tamim (62) tried to clear midwicket off Xavier Doherty, only to pick out the fielder in the deep.

Shakib also holed out for 51, but by that stage Bangladesh needed to score nearly 14 an over, which was as likely to happen as Australia calling on the commentator Greg Matthews for a few overs of offspin. The crowd cheered a few late boundaries from Mushfiqur Rahim (44 not out) and Mahmudullah (28 not out), but it was too little too late.

Not that Australia's victory was flawless. There remains a major concern over White's batting form after he laboured for 50 deliveries to score 20, and continued a lean patch that stretches back to the start of the Australian summer. He was dropped at midwicket on 18 and two runs later rolled his eyes in disgust at his own miscue when he failed to clear mid-on and saw Kayes take an outstanding catch, diving to his right.

Nor would Brad Haddin want to see any replays of his dismissal for 10. He wandered aimlessly down the pitch and wafted well away from his body, playing the wrong line to a Mashrafe Mortaza ball that rattled his stumps, and for a batsman capable of beautiful strokeplay, it was a horrid shot.

That those lapses didn't affect the result was thanks to the new captain Clarke, who brought up his sixth one-day hundred with a six pulled over midwicket in the 50th over. Clarke and Michael Hussey didn't rush things through the middle overs, and at one stage played out 65 deliveries without a boundary, but their 84-run stand built a platform from which late runs could be added.

Australia amassed 31 in the final two overs of the innings, and what looked like being just a competitive total was suddenly a very strong one. Clarke skied a catch from the second-last ball of the innings, but his 101 was extremely valuable after his side looked like underperforming when Haddin, Shane Watson and Ricky Ponting all departed early.

He used his feet well against the spinners and struck six fours and two sixes, and his tempo was just right for the circumstances - keep things steady early and attack later. His partnership with Hussey ended when Hussey (33) tried to clear the boundary but was taken at long-off from the bowling of the left-arm spinner Suhrawadi Shuvo, who took 3 for 44.

Bangladesh were generally sharp in the field and backed up their bowlers, including the captain Shakib Al Hasan, who didn't take a wicket but helped build the pressure with 0 for 34 coming off his ten overs. An excellent piece of fielding accounted for Ricky Ponting, who swept Shuvo and saw the ball saved on the fine-leg boundary by a diving Shafiul Islam.

His throw to the wicketkeeper was relayed to the bowler's end where Ponting, who had hesitated before taking off for the third run, was caught short for 34. It was a disappointing end to a very promising innings, Ponting's first in an ODI under another captain in nine years. He collected three consecutive boundaries off Mortaza, who was in his first match back having missed the World Cup due to a knee injury; the first a brilliant cut, the second a sweetly-timed straight drive and the third a punch through point.

Ponting and Watson had looked ominous during a 65-run third-wicket stand that ended with the run-out, and soon afterwards Watson was lbw for 37, trapped by an Abdur Razzak delivery that skidded on and struck him in front. But Australia's new leader engineered a recovery, and if his team puts in another solid all-round performance on Monday, he'll begin his full-time captaincy era with a series win.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Meety on (April 12, 2011, 2:41 GMT)

@VivGilchrist Smith v B Hogg (2-time WC winner); Batting in Tests (Average) Smith 29 v Hogg 26 - - Bowling ave (Smith 73 v Hogg 55) Batting ODIs (ave) Smith 25 v Hogg 20 (S/R) Smith 93 v Hogg 79 -- Bowling ave Smith 31 v Hogg 27 (S/R) Smith & Hogg identical.

The point being that Oz persisted with Hogg as a bowling allrounder in ODIs for over 120 matches. It happenned to coincide with 2 WC trophies. Smith is statistically not too far off Hoggys bowling stats & is clearly a better batsmen. Both being very good fielders.

No doubt Christian is a huge talent, AND SHOULD be in the Oz teams in the very near future. I would argue that he is not mutually exclusive with Smith. The starting side I'd of selected for the Banga tour is 1. Watto, 2. White, 3. Ferguson, 4. Clarke, 5. D Hussey, 6. Christian, 7. Smith, 8. Wade, 9. O'Keefe, 10. Hastings, 11. Pattinson 12th: Butterworth, 13th Richardson, 14th Doherty 15th Khawaja. I would of given MJ & Lee a rest & played them on SL tour.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 11, 2011, 7:56 GMT)

@Meety. That's all very well but how would you feel if some guy was keeping you out of the team because he might come good in 5 or 6 years?

Posted by Meety on (April 11, 2011, 1:28 GMT)

@vivgilchrest - it wasn't that long ago that the majority of us armchair critics wanted Pup dropped from the ODI side. He is now our most consistent performer, so whilst I am a critic of Oz selection policies, I am prepared for the selectors to b egiven some grace on some policies. I think Smith needs to be out of the playing XI for tests - but see no reason why he can't be perservered with in ODIs & T20s. Regarding Christian being on $900k - how about a certain left arm ozzy spinner/allrounder who fetched about $10k at the IPL auction. He is of a much higher standard of performance than Christian AND MUST play for Oz in Sri Lanka!

Posted by   on (April 10, 2011, 18:58 GMT)

We need world class Cricket Academy. i hearty request Bangladesh Cricket Board and President take some strong plan for Next 10 years. Please establish a Strong fully functional Cricket Academy as soon as possible. We need more actual match winner Like Sakib and Tamim. we do not want to see some average, overrated players. to be competitive we need this. see Aus, India and England. Why they are getting world class players....

Posted by   on (April 10, 2011, 15:28 GMT)

The approach was totally negative.....Once i supported Raqibul but now i am disappointed to see his batting....He is too slow....He even doesn't know how to collect single..I think bangladesh need jahurul islam in middle order....Kapali is inconsistent.....He lots of chances and he lost those....Shuvagoto hom might get chance replace of nafees or raqibul....nafees looks awkward and i think he lost his past batting...hope tomorrow bd will show good batting....

Posted by britishcricketfan on (April 10, 2011, 11:26 GMT)

Fair enough, the batting was too cautious and I really think its time for Shariar Nafees to be replaced because he hasn't performed well lately. Also, yet again, Mashrafe's bowling at the death was poor. All he needed to do was bowl yorkers for the last over and Australia's score would have been less. With his experience, he should have performed better. Maybe time fore Rubel to come back into team...?

Posted by Musallagroup on (April 10, 2011, 7:27 GMT)

why there are no improvements in bangal performances!!!!!... look like if they get other 5-10 yrs they will stay at 10th position only... just consider how many chances are getting for bangla ..they are playing with all top ranked teams( but ireland,afgan,zim are not getting) still they ve no maturity..How are they eligible for test cricket..?.Why ICC cannot see this..with average players like tamim and shakib u cannot win matches... may be with low ranked team u might..!(Rest all players are below average).atleast try to play some good cricket rather than talking too much in medias.....thats one msg i wanna pass...good luck bangladesh!

Posted by snbirdi on (April 10, 2011, 5:57 GMT)

It wasn't the first time and it won't be the last. Bangladesh's mentality of "ok so we're not going to win, let's just get some batting practice" has always bogged them down. They could learn a thing or two from Kevin O'Brien's innings against England after which he said "I rather have had a shot at winning than defending every ball"

Posted by the_predator on (April 10, 2011, 5:32 GMT)

BD is never going to compete against othe top nation with current set of players. they need some really extraordinary talent or personality to lift their cricket. someone like SACHIN/IMRAN KHAN/LARA/ranatunga etc. The problem these kind of people comes once in 50 years. Althogh people keep saying that they have talent. But i do not see much of it. yes sakib/tamim is better than others but they do not fall into category of extraordinary people. daren bravo/UMAR akmal is much better than tamim is. Rest of the peple are very ordinary. With ordinary players probabilistically you can compete against teams having high caliber plyers once in a blue moon. So BD people will have tough time till they find some extra ordinary talent (who can single handedly win games on regular basis). And tis search is going to take time.

Posted by BDHUNTER on (April 10, 2011, 5:10 GMT)

i think Main tarhet of Bd was to escape the Landmark of 58-78!!!!! in this match,I my opinoin this match belongs to BD till 50th over of AUS batting,Mash doesn't know how to ball in slog.( Full toss is given many times which cost 20+ runs e.g: Against DC in IPL 2009,ZIM to Taylor, Now to Aus in 2011)We don't need the experience fool in the Team.Extra 30+ plus has take away the game from BD. And for batsman they doesn't khow to rotate the strike even tamim,nafees and the joke of BD batting line Raquib................I think they need work on this not to rely on boundary only. Replacement need imidiately in BD for Hopeless Raquib,and Mash....

Posted by Biso on (April 10, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

Bangla has a limited approach. Choke the opposition with spinners and restrict the total. Anyways that has worked to provide a max of about couple of wins a year except against NZ who were absolutely atrocious when they last visited Bagla and India.It seems, the Bangla players are doing quite well at the under 19 level but do not grow up enough as their counterparts in other countries.There is so much support from the cricket loving public, but, there is something missing.I really do not know what it is. If you compare them with SL( who had great classy batsmen much before they got test status and improved their bowling by leaps and bounds with time after they got test status) they have not fared as well. Presently Balnga have only two class players. Shakib and Tamin( who is not yet world class). Their approach left lot to be desired.Shakib has to accept that very soon Oz's will reach 300 on the same wickets when they feel the lack of pressure from Bangla team.

Posted by Viper2.0 on (April 10, 2011, 4:40 GMT)

Well looks like Siddons boys did a good job by taking out Clarke,yeah after he completed his 100 :P .The way Bangladesh batted,i thought they were playing for a draw in a Test match LOL

Posted by DegenerationXrated on (April 10, 2011, 3:50 GMT)

Congratz Michael Clarke On Ur First Win & Century As Captain..Congratz & Will Be Lookin Forwad To See More Century Form You Throught Out The Series ..Way To Go Australia..Australia All The Way..!!

Posted by   on (April 10, 2011, 3:34 GMT)

Bangladesh should be seriously considering pushing shakib up to atleast 4. Raqibul battled to even push a single, let alone a boundary. I hope shariar nafees can find the form he had against Aus when he scored his 100, because BD need some serious strengthening in their middle order. Kayes was bound to fail after the great world cup he had. Because of all the wickets falling and raqibul scoring about every 3000th ball, tammim definitely had to go into his shell, as soon as that happened, it was game by the 10th over. I think: tammim, kayes, nafees, shakib, shuvagoto hom, mushfiqur rahim, mamudullah, mashrafe mortaza, suwardi shuvo, shafiul islam and abdur razzak. The main game differences i think were aus looked to dominate the bowling attack and BD looked to survive. Aus had clarke to convert a 50 into a hundred (BD needed that from 1 of the top 5) and Aus never drop their heads and think this game is lost, when bangladesh body language changes as soon as they have 3 bad overs :(

Posted by bala-chala on (April 10, 2011, 2:11 GMT)

Aussies having some mid-wicket match practice for the IPL.

Posted by CandidIndian on (April 10, 2011, 0:53 GMT)

BD needs some solid batsman to compete with top teams consistently.Actually the strategy of Bangladesh team most of the time is to choke the opposition with their spinners which wont happen every time.They need a couple of solid batsman if they want to chase and win above 275 against top teams,batting is the main problem of Bangladesh cricket team, their bowling is fine.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2011, 0:41 GMT)

Kevin Jong - unfortunately you are pretty close to the mark re Michael Clarke. He is a beautiful player to watch when in form - but he has let the team down far too many times when it really matters. This is a dangerous time for the Australian Captaincy - for the first time in probably 25 years we have a new captain who is only a few bad scores from being dropped. (well at least if the selectors were consistent!). I really hope the captaincy works in a positive way for MC but I can't say I feel confident about it. Having said that - 100 first up is a good way to start!

Posted by Finn92 on (April 9, 2011, 23:41 GMT)

Why bother turning up if you have no intention of chasing? Yes 270+ is very tough to chase but it is all about application and it requires a team effort and not for people to retreat into their shells when the going gets tough, if I was a Bangladesh fan I'd rather see them all out for 190 trying to go for it than bat out overs for practice.

Posted by QTS_ on (April 9, 2011, 21:20 GMT)

@Palash Dutta Roy - The reason ICC persists with Bangladesh is that their cricket cannot take a backward step, just because of the sheer interest in the nation. Think of Zimbabwe or Kenya of 2003-04. One ban or a large exodus of players led to crashing descent of the teams. On the other hand, despite the ICL exodus in 2008, Bangladesh has been able to find suitable replacements promptly. Same applies to Ireland - is there anyone to replace the O'Briens, Rankin, Dockerel if they leave for England? At the present, there is no better bet than Bangladesh.

Posted by Farhad-Shamsi on (April 9, 2011, 20:34 GMT)

All this talk about BD not playing aggressively is nonsense. BD played perfect example how a 9th ranked team should play No. 1 ranked team, after coming off a disastrous WC. This 1st ODI post-WC was to have BD getting it's confidence back. If BD can restrict AUS to 240 with good bowling and fielding, then BD is capable of going for the win. BD today displayed good survival skills playing all 50 overs, which is vital in Test Cricket.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 19:09 GMT)

B'desh has been pretty hopeless and hapless since their induction back in 2000 i guess. 10 years and they hvn't taken a single step forward, barring annual freakish wins. This shows they have problems at the grassloot level and need to go back to their basics. The recent WC failure shows that they certainly do not have d class to be a regular test playing nation. Better back a team like Ireland, rather than pushing and prodding this time tested and proven failure team

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 18:21 GMT)

This series is meaningless. It was inevitable that OZ was going to win this one 3-0 but really disappointed with the attitude of the Bangladeshi batsmen today. They simply gave up in the halfway through, just wanted to see off the 50 overs. Its bizarre because in this age of cricket with two batting powerplays and with 5 wickets intact, how come a team only manages to score 210? Harsh reality, we're not there or we don't have that tough mentality quiet yet!

Posted by Biggus on (April 9, 2011, 16:25 GMT)

@Mushtanda-Yes, I understand that the team was at pains not to collapse and I think the early fall of two wickets put the home team mentally on the back foot somewhat but I think you must be prepared to die bravely, so to speak. Perhaps there is some lingering lack of self belief because there seems to be some good talent in the side and to be content with merely not falling in a heap is setting one's sights a little low. At some point this attitude will have to change, though I understand today may have been an exercise in rebuilding confidence.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 16:04 GMT)

So Clarke scores runs against a weak opposition and that's something to celebrate? Big deal.All that's proved is that he is a flat track bully who feasts on weak attacks but struggles against good seam or swing bowling as he has done on many occasions. This series was made meaningless when they decided to send Hussey and Lee on it because any decent performances by either is meaningless seeing as they aren't the future of this side. What they should have done is sent in a young and inexperienced squad to see how they fared and win lose or draw it would have provided for some valuable experience.

Posted by FrenchCricketFan on (April 9, 2011, 15:58 GMT)

After having an unsuccessful wc , aus should take this series totally for experiment. Dont worry the result, the opponent is weak cant win anyway. Drop white for next game and experiment keefe & christian. As for ban, their pacers been soo expensive for a while. Try nazmul hossain and shovogoto Hom(who balled well in practice game). Riad is better spinner than shuvo. Raqibul should not play odi. Nafees looks scratchy since the wc.

Posted by SL_Kasun_J on (April 9, 2011, 15:42 GMT)

Australians killing butterflies........ .

Posted by Abbas_Quereshi on (April 9, 2011, 14:58 GMT)

at least bd croissed 200+. i supported bd. they are far better then any associate nation. only thing missing is consistency. only performance can shut all people mouth. just give ur 100%.

Posted by cric4zh on (April 9, 2011, 14:51 GMT)

im totally dissapointed for their approach. i think they should change their line-up. they should give pos. 3 or 4 to mahamudullah riadh. its really another sad day 4 bd cricket.

Posted by Itchy on (April 9, 2011, 14:26 GMT)

@At Sathe: Um, Smith is only 21/22 so I'm not sure how much younger you want to go. His form with the bat has been OK recently - White, on the other hand, has been awful. Drop him and bring in Ferguson I say.

Posted by Praxis on (April 9, 2011, 14:20 GMT)

Australia won just as most people predicted, but I was really surprised to see BD team's approach while chasing the score. Hope the next match would be different.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 14:09 GMT)

Let him win an Ashes or a 20-20 WC...Some thing like that...Lets see.. he's only one match..old...

Posted by sidzy on (April 9, 2011, 14:09 GMT)

well i think the man who goes out of picture in every game BD ply is shakib he scores a slow 40or50 then he gets tired & thats it. I mean u r not a member of a team in which he can play lazy shots every 9 out of 10 matches. their is no meaning scoring 1oo's against ZIM.

Posted by Farhad-Shamsi on (April 9, 2011, 13:56 GMT)

Bangladesh had a better and more confident display today than in some of their matches in the WC. BD fielding need improvement, they cannot afford to give away easy singles and doubles. Mash may not be 100% fit, his bowling average show that. Tamim, Shakib, and some others batted well but cautiously, which is good. Aussies are No. 1 in ODI ranking. If BD can restrict Auss to 240-250 in next ODI, BD can win definitely. All three Departments need to improve. Happy with today's results.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 12:59 GMT)

Congrats Michael C ... ...

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 12:56 GMT)

Bizzare effort from Bangladesh,They ended up 210 in their allotted 50 overs with 5 wickets in hand it means they surrender mentally before defeat They havent put up a fight and remeber its an Bilateral series not a three-nation four nation or major tournament were NRR comes into Picture ,Bd should have gone allout for win rather than consolation defeat een if they bowled out fo runder 200 would have been better...Sorry but Bd cricket must move on from they days were gone where they given the excuse to be New born baby of World cricket in their defeat

Posted by Mushtanda on (April 9, 2011, 12:51 GMT)

Biggus- Bangladesh did not go harder for the win because they knew that they would collapse doing so. They know they can't win, so they only play to get to a respectable score. Playing out 50 overs with 5 wickets in hand and still losing by 60 runs bears testimony to that.

Posted by Wozza-CY on (April 9, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

@Meety- I wasn't against the three pronged pace attack at the start, but it was clear after a few games it wasn't going to work. Hastings has great variety in his bowling & makes the batsman make the pace on the ball which is important on low slow pithes. @Viv_Gilchrist- Hear what you are saying about Christian. I'm a fan of White & Smith, they are clearly out of form, but it is clearly favouritism that is plaguing the team. Ironically it is overly extended to some yet not to others. Obviouly D.Hussey would be a better option than White or Smith at the mo, but he's having babies! Christian & O'keefe definitely need to be given a go, although I'd be happy with Ferguson getting a knock at the moment!!

Posted by Bowlersbackdrive on (April 9, 2011, 12:20 GMT)

I really liked the comment of Shakib in post match presentation that "We did not bowl well. You cannot chase 270 in this wicket. "- Very few captain that Bangladesh produced to admit that reality. Shakib might get criticism for his bad mouth but it is better to have this straight cut approach.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

Clarke should give a chance to any youngster in place of White/Smith...............

Posted by mariofan97 on (April 9, 2011, 12:15 GMT)

Smith should drop down to 8 and be a frontline spinner. That way, Dan Christian can come in and SMASH!!! O'Keefe would do the same if you needed 2 spinners.

Posted by Bowlersbackdrive on (April 9, 2011, 12:10 GMT)

Some might finds it pessimistic but after 58 and 78 it is good to see BD team took this game to rebuilding their confidence. Forget about fight. Do what you are doing. With a good show with balling and same conscious batting effort can give us a win. Don't forget Aussy are Aussy forever. I don't mind if this sensible Tamim and Shakib continue and we lost the series 3-0. We rather need consistency to play good, not just couple wins a year against biggys.

Posted by The_sirpoka on (April 9, 2011, 12:01 GMT)

For the supporters of Bangladesh, like us, the usual policy is "Let's hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst". By that standard, I think today's performance is acceptable. But the run chase could be a bit more fighting. I guess the captain (Sakib) didnt wanted to do something like vs west indies or vs south Africa. I hope the performance wont go down in the following matches.

Posted by Winsome on (April 9, 2011, 12:00 GMT)

Wozza, who are you trying to kid? This is exactly the sort of performance that Aussies put in against the lesser ranked teams in the World Cup. The bowling still looks flat and not that capable of taking wickets unless the batsmen go chasing deliveries all the time. That's a real worry. Nice to see Johnson middling some though.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 9, 2011, 11:54 GMT)

@Meety. Imagine for a moment that you are a young all-rounder. Your performance over the last few years are getting more and more consistent. Your record is getting better and better and you are winning games with bat and ball. Your talents are getting noticed on a world scale as you have just been picked up for $900k by an IPL franchise. BUT you can't crack the national sideWhy? Because some other clown who's performances not justifying a spot is deemed to have "potential" that hasn't been tapped yet. He has played in a world cup and is 7 years your junior.You are at your prime and ready to go, but he is taking your spot without the results to justify. How would you feel? Oh, that's ok, he might be like Steve Waugh one day.

Posted by Toufique-Zinat-Billah on (April 9, 2011, 11:53 GMT)

I think Junaid Siddique is much better than Shahriar Nafees at their bating position, specially against fast bowler.

Posted by Meety on (April 9, 2011, 11:48 GMT)

@Wozza-CY - I wasn't against the 3 prong pace attack, I thought if they all performed as well as they could we could win the bloody thing, but I have to say, for the sub-continental pitches - this attack looked a lot better. That being said Doherty was among our top 3 spinners who was unavailable thru injury when the plane left for India! Yes, Whites got to go, he has lost it. Reasonable over he bowled, but his 20 off 50 would of killed us if we were playing India. @Something_Witty - as you know I am a fan of Christian, but Hastings is warming on me. Christian I think has more POTENTIAL though. 100% with you re: O'Keefe. If Beer can get a test appearance, O'Keefe deserves an extended run in both formats. For the Test series in SL, I'd play BOTH Hauritz (if fit), AND O'Keefe.

Posted by Something_Witty on (April 9, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

Go Pup!!! And seriously selectors, can we PLEASE give Christian and O'keefe a run in the ODI side? Hastings really does not impress me, and O'keefe is leagues ahead of Doherty as a SLA bowler...

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 9, 2011, 11:30 GMT)

Well done pup, but seriously can they put White out of his misery? 20 off 50? Without his effort Aus wouldve coasted to 300. How long before this really starts to cost the team?What does this say about there views on Ferguson? Surely the guy should be given a chance to re-start his int career. By carrying players for too long they start to insult those not in the team. Smith as an allrounder is keeping Christian and OKeefe from proving there worth. Sure, potential is one thing but favoritism at the EXPENCE of someone elses career and livelihood is another.

Posted by Biggus on (April 9, 2011, 11:24 GMT)

I was a little disappointed the Bangas didn't go harder for the win. In the end we only won by 60 runs and BD still had five wickets in the shed, so there were some unused assets that could have been used. Apart from that they could have made another 20 runs by pushing harder between the wickets. Anyway, there's some talent there and Shakib is most attractive square on the wicket on the off side.

Posted by ajayrcs on (April 9, 2011, 11:19 GMT)

Bangladesh not struggling , they are not even trying to play. In next match they should try to show some fight, Australian bowling is not good at all. Bangladeshis should explore this weakness and try for an upset.And by Australians not good performance by bowling department again. They should learn that " Bowlers don't get wicket, Bowlers take wickets". Doesn't feel it will happen soon.

Posted by Wozza-CY on (April 9, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

So it appears Oz team is looking a little more world class with just a few tweaks and changes. India were deserved winners of the WC & Sri Lanka were great, but it just confirms the Australian fans frustrations with some of the selections recently. You simply can't have three 'wild things' (Lee, Johnson & Tait) in the same team. Hastings style of bowling is very much suited to the sub-continent & Doherty is doing well. The jury is still out on Smith but White needs a rest for his own good. Not sure whether it's Clarkes captaincy or hindsight but there seems to be more 'common sense' in the recent selections. This is the type of performance you would expect from an Australian side against BD.

Posted by wnwn on (April 9, 2011, 11:03 GMT)

Absolutely abysmal effort by Bangladesh. Also a very selfish innings by the captain shakib al hasan. Australia are good but they're nowhere near as good as they were a few years ago.

Posted by Azizul_Bangladesh on (April 9, 2011, 10:12 GMT)

Gaurav Chandra, The more country and people will be included with cricket, the more it will be popular.

Posted by Biggus on (April 9, 2011, 10:10 GMT)

@Meety-I hear you mate and I hope you're right. I just can't see it at this point though. Still, he's a young fellow and a wonderful athlete so if he can master his leg-spin or tighten up his batting a fair bit we may have a live one on our hands.

Posted by Aibak on (April 9, 2011, 10:10 GMT)

Smith and white should be out of the team and adam voges ang callum ferguson should be included and why ryan harris is not in the bowling attack?

Posted by Meety on (April 9, 2011, 10:03 GMT)

Forgot to say - that Pup's century is a continuation of his performing better in ODIs with the captaincy - hopefully (more importantly), this will translate to Tests!!!! @Mahamudul Hasan - Nafees got out 1st ball, you get that sometimes, before his defection to the ICL, he was the Bangas premier batsmen. He'll come good - he should be opening with Tamim! Move Kayes to #3.

Posted by stationmaster on (April 9, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

Smith is the emperors new clothes. How he is the team is a total mystery. Make hay whilst the son shines Smithy, because your numbers up.

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Posted by Meety on (April 9, 2011, 9:18 GMT)

@Biggus - I'd like to keep the jury out on Smith. I remember that S Waugh & Symonds underperformed for years before they got near their potential. I think White is more of a non-performer at the moment.

Posted by Azizul_Bangladesh on (April 9, 2011, 9:03 GMT)

If Tamim and Shakib can bat upto 40 overs...bangladesh can win this match.

Posted by JD04 on (April 9, 2011, 9:01 GMT)

Aussies are going to win all the 3 games. Dunno why BDs have to play top sides with world cricket and get thrashed around... better be TIGERS with the minnows!

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 8:57 GMT)

I think ICC made a huge mistake by adding Bangladesh to the test playing nations.They should be playing amongst the associate countries to prove their worth in the next world cup.They just do have the class.The sooner they accept it the better it would be for Bangla fans.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 8:13 GMT)

I'm surprised by the inclusion of this clown, Naseef, in the squad. He's nothing, but a waste try of selectors. They must get rid of this clown from the next game and give some try to some fresh face like Maisuqur Rahman.

Posted by Biggus on (April 9, 2011, 7:43 GMT)

@Niraj Vashi-You're not the only one mate. Maybe he's bowling jaffas in the nets, or cracking the bowling around but to me he's neither fish nor fowl. We can't expect consistent batting or bowling from him so his fine fielding is our consolation prize and I can't help but think we could find someone more deserving of his spot.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 7:32 GMT)

why the hell is mashrafee in the team and rubel out.rubel was balling quite well. atleast he could have done better than mashrafee. i heard he is not 100% fit. he alwasys balls full touches in the depth overs. take sum1 from golli cricket. any1 will do atleast better than mashrafee

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

Mashrafe Mortaza , you should go back in home .

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 6:37 GMT)

25 overs Australia 122 for 3 (Clarke 20*, White 15*) v Bangladesh

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 5:50 GMT)

I can never fathom Smith at 7 for an australian team that had likes of Gilchrist there for so long

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