Bangladesh v Australia, 2nd ODI, Mirpur

Australia aim to wrap up series

The Preview by Brydon Coverdale

April 10, 2011

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April 11, Dhaka
Start time 9.30am (0330 GMT)


Cameron White and Michael Clarke walk off after Australia'a win, Australia v Canada, Group A, World Cup, Bangalore, March 16, 2011
Michael Clarke is in form, but Cameron White's lack of runs is a concern for Australia © Associated Press
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The Big Picture

The series began as you'd expect, with Bangladesh putting up some fight but ultimately being overpowered by Australia. The hosts need to win the second game on Monday to keep the series alive, and to achieve that, they'll need a stronger top-order performance. Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan both made half-centuries, but there wasn't much support for them, and it meant Australia's 270 was a pretty safe target. In the field, Bangladesh were better, but although they kept things tight through the middle overs, they let Australia get away in the end, and that is something they will need to address.

For the Australians, Michael Clarke's captaincy reign began well, both personally and professionally, with a century and a victory to his name. Ricky Ponting looked noticeably unburdened having given up the captaincy and he looms as a danger man for the next two games. However, they do need runs from the out-of-form Cameron White and they'd appreciate more application from the opener Brad Haddin, who was bowled on Saturday while walking and wafting simultaneously.

Bangladesh's decision to send Australia in after winning the toss in the first game didn't exactly pan out, so expect whoever calls correctly to bat first on Monday.

Form guide

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Clarke will have noticed on Saturday how Tamim Iqbal handled the new ball with ease, and only started to go into his shell after wickets fell at the other end. But if Tamim gets going at the top of the order, Australia could find themselves with a hefty chase, or a difficult task to defend a total. And if Bangladesh are to level the series on Monday, they need a strong performance from Tamim.

During the World Cup, John Hastings sat on the sidelines, carried drinks, bowled in the nets - and that's about it. But now, thanks in part to the ODI retirement of Shaun Tait, he has a chance to establish himself as a full-time member of Australia's one-day side. The allrounder of choice with the selectors since they cooled on James Hopes, Hastings is an accurate seamer with a good change of pace, and on the slow pitch at the Shere Bangla, he won't be easy for Bangladesh's batsmen to get away.

Team news

James Pattinson is still hoping to make his ODI debut, although that is more likely in the third match if Australia have already wrapped up the series by then. However, Cameron White's poor form is a concern and after Saturday's win, Clarke didn't exactly promise that White would retain his place. Callum Ferguson and Tim Paine are in the squad, and Ferguson would be the most logical candidate to replace White if he is dropped.

Australia (possible) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Brad Haddin (wk), 3 Ricky Ponting, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Cameron White/Callum Ferguson, 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Steve Smith, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 John Hastings, 10 Brett Lee, 11 Xavier Doherty.

Apart from Tamim and Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh's batting line-up struggled on Saturday, and they have other batting options, including Alok Kapali and the uncapped Shuvagoto Hom.

Bangladesh (possible) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Alok Kapali, 4 Shahriar Nafees, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 6 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Suhrawadi Shuvo, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Abdur Razzak.

Pitch and conditions

The pitch on Saturday was slow and batsmen didn't find it easy to get in, but once they were settled, runs were available. There is the chance of some light rain on Monday, with an expected top temperature of 34C.

Stats and trivia

  • Since the start of the Australian summer, Cameron White has failed to make a half-century in 18 ODIs, and has averaged 23.53. His strike-rate of 64.15 during that period is easily the worst of any of Australia's specialist batsmen or allrounders

  • Brett Lee is one wicket away from 350 in one-day internationals; only Glenn McGrath, on 380, has taken more for Australia

  • Mashrafe Mortaza needs two wickets to reach 150 in ODIs; Abdur Razzak is the only other Bangladesh bowler to have reached that mark

Quotes

"It's a really hard place to start, so if you get in, if you get to 30 or 40 you need to go on and make a big score."
Michael Clarke says batting at the Shere Bangla is not easy

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Brydon Coverdale Assistant Editor Possibly the only person to win a headline-writing award for a title with the word "heifers" in it, Brydon decided agricultural journalism wasn't for him when he took up his position with ESPNcricinfo in Melbourne. His cricketing career peaked with an unbeaten 85 in the seconds for a small team in rural Victoria on a day when they could not scrounge up 11 players and Brydon, tragically, ran out of partners to help him reach his century. He is also a compulsive TV game-show contestant and has appeared on half a dozen shows in Australia.
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