Bangladesh v Australia, 3rd ODI, Mirpur April 12, 2011

Bangladesh hope to regain some pride

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Match Facts

April 13, Dhaka
Start time 2pm (0800 GMT)

The Big Picture

The series has been decided, and with one match remaining before Australia enter hibernation mode for the winter, they have one last opportunity to experiment. James Pattinson, the Victorian fast bowler and brother of England's one-Test wonder Darren, is with the squad and this would be the perfect time to hand him his debut. Cameron White was dropped for the second match and given that Callum Ferguson didn't get to bat on Monday, there is no reason to expect that White will regain his position on Wednesday. And Tim Paine is on the sidelines as well; he could come in as a specialist batsman, having spent the whole World Cup and the first two games of this tour watching from the dressing rooms.

Bangladesh simply need to regain some pride after being assaulted with a deadly weapon - Shane Watson's bat. His unbeaten 185 featured 15 sixes and 15 fours, and broke all sorts of records, and the hosts must hope it hasn't done irreparable damage to the confidence of the Bangladesh bowlers. Suhrawadi Shuvo, the left-arm spinner, won't want to see Watson again after he was smashed for four consecutive sixes, and finished with 0 for 46 from three overs. Bangladesh might not win this third match, but even a competitive performance after being soundly beaten in the first two games would be an achievement.

Form guide

(most recent first)
Bangladesh LLLWW
Australia WWLLW

Watch out for...

While Bangladesh have struggled to compete with Australia, Mushfiqur Rahim has quietly gone about his business and only Shane Watson has scored more runs in the series than his 125. Add to that the fact that Rahim has not yet been dismissed, and he is one Bangladesh player who can hold his head very high after the opening two games. If only he could get a little support.

His fellow wicketkeeper Brad Haddin hasn't enjoyed the same results this series. He made 10 in the first match and 8 in the second, and worryingly for Australia on both occasions he was out walking down the pitch. Perhaps he is losing concentration at the end of a long summer, but Haddin would certainly like to finish the series on a high, personally.

Team news

The time is right for James Pattinson to make his debut, and with the series decided it could be any number of men who sit out to allow the young Victorian to play. Perhaps Mitchell Johnson could be rested, or if the selectors want to attack Bangladesh with pace, Xavier Doherty may make way. Tim Paine could be given a chance as well, although whether he would keep wickets or be included as a specialist batsman remains to be seen.

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

It seems pointless for Bangladesh to take in the same XI after the thrashing on Monday, but who makes way is anyone's guess. Raqibul Hasan has offered little during this series, and Alok Kapali would be the logical swap for him, unless they want to blood the young uncapped batsman Shuvagoto Hom. Including Rubel Hossain didn't work on Monday, so Mashrafe Mortaza could be back in the mix.

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

Pitch and conditions

Both teams know the conditions well after playing two matches at the venue within three days. However, the third match is the only day-night contest in the series, which could make dew a factor as the evening goes on. The forecast for Wednesday is sunny with a top of 35C.

Stats and trivia

  • Shane Watson broke all kinds of records on Monday, including the greatest strike-rate among all 150-plus innings in ODI history.

  • Suhrawadi Shuvo's figures of 3-0-46-0 on Monday gave him the third-worst economy rate of all time in an ODI, among bowlers who have sent down at least three overs in an innings. Dolar Mahmud holds the record with 3-0-49-0 against Sri Lanka in 2008, and Sreesanth is second with 3-0-48-0, also against Sri Lanka in 2008.

  • If Bangladesh happen to win the final match, they will jump above West Indies on the ODI rankings

Quotes

"It would be best if we don't think about this Watson innings and instead think about continuing our batting positives."
Shahriar Nafees wants Bangladesh to refocus

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Mushtanda on April 14, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    "IND won their first WC just 12 yrs after the birth of ODI cricket in 1971 !"

    Touche! No more flawed arguments about India playing 50 years of cricket before winning their first WC necessary. ODIs didn;t exist before 1971!

  • on April 13, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    @all indian ppl. : some of your comment are just envious and out of reason, sometimes you prove that india is far more worse team in 2007 bcoz they didn't go in 2nd round on that world cup. So a number 9-12 no. team of 2007 got this WC, why not BD in next? Indian team is so much mean that they never host BD in their land though they got a lot of chance to playing in BD. What is they are afraid that BD team can beat them in their land. If you want proof then host BD team in India, I'm sure that BD team will surely beat India in their land.

  • on April 13, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Smith at 7 scores 1. Promoted to 2 down scores 5. This too against Bangladesh. Can anyone tell me who in Aussie cricket is accountable for on your team selections and batting order related decisions ? This guy seem to have had quite a free run !!!

  • RakeshDash on April 13, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    ....and the Onslaught started...:)

  • on April 13, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    All the best to both the teams. It would be treat to watch Tamim and Shakib to get going. Shakib today is one of the best allrounder in recent times. Hi all Indian brothers, give some time to Bangladesh to come up. They have the potential but just that it seems Bangladesh Team is not playing as one Team, one unit. Tamim scoring centuries in England was really good achievement. And yes, Ireland must not have been banned altogether in 2015 world cup. They really showed their talent in 2011 world cup.

  • on April 13, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi & I cant find any reason for this fighting between Bangladeshi, Indian & Irish fans.Ireland is a very good team. I love the passion and belief with which they play & have some w.class players! They are not weaker than Bangladesh but are also not way ahead of us.I was very disgusted by the ICC's decission to keep them out of 2015 WC beecause we were associates too and playing WC was the biggest motivation for the team and for the nation.And the game will never prosper if it is limited to few nations. Even we B.deshis agree that test status was at least 5 years premature.But I think it is wrong to place Bangladesh and Ireland as enemies and spread hatred against Bangladesh Cricket. Many Bangladeshis admire the Irish team for their spririt. If Bangladesh cricket is not where it should be today, its not the players' fault only, & even the Irish board should take note .And all I want to say to Indian fans that, Guys! You just won the WC! Why bother commenting here??

  • Karthik_Runja on April 13, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    If we not forget recently Bangladesh made a statement saying we will target the new Australia captain Micheal Clarke..... But they badly failed because of Shane watson..... Please dont forget Ponting is still in the Squad... So forget about the Aussie startergies and just concentrate on the Game.

  • ashuloyal on April 13, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    It is for BD fans- Dude every day is not going to be Sunday for watto!!!! So cheer for your team....they will surely bounce back....

  • on April 13, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    An Indian.... and I am surprised to see the Indian fans here forgetting that it was Bangladesh (along with SL) who knocked us out of the 2007 world cup. (There is no such thing as an upset.. you either win or lose). We all know that Bangladesh is not there yet but not too far behind either. So teams like Zim, Ireland, Bangladesh and others must be encouraged consistently for a longer period of time, if Cricket as a sport is to grow. Otherwise what fun it is to win a world cup.. when India's population is 4X the population of all other top cricketing nations combined.

  • papi11on on April 13, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    I understand that Bangladesh fans want their team to do well and I respect their love for the game. But, they need to understand that the team is still evolving and it will be a long time before Bangladesh can really compete with test playing nations. Note that their wins over test playing nations in worldcups(Ind, Eng) are exceptions and they have a very poor record against test playing nations in all forms of the game. If they refuse to acccept it, you get 'over the top' reactions like stoning the bus and what not.

  • Mushtanda on April 14, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    "IND won their first WC just 12 yrs after the birth of ODI cricket in 1971 !"

    Touche! No more flawed arguments about India playing 50 years of cricket before winning their first WC necessary. ODIs didn;t exist before 1971!

  • on April 13, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    @all indian ppl. : some of your comment are just envious and out of reason, sometimes you prove that india is far more worse team in 2007 bcoz they didn't go in 2nd round on that world cup. So a number 9-12 no. team of 2007 got this WC, why not BD in next? Indian team is so much mean that they never host BD in their land though they got a lot of chance to playing in BD. What is they are afraid that BD team can beat them in their land. If you want proof then host BD team in India, I'm sure that BD team will surely beat India in their land.

  • on April 13, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Smith at 7 scores 1. Promoted to 2 down scores 5. This too against Bangladesh. Can anyone tell me who in Aussie cricket is accountable for on your team selections and batting order related decisions ? This guy seem to have had quite a free run !!!

  • RakeshDash on April 13, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    ....and the Onslaught started...:)

  • on April 13, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    All the best to both the teams. It would be treat to watch Tamim and Shakib to get going. Shakib today is one of the best allrounder in recent times. Hi all Indian brothers, give some time to Bangladesh to come up. They have the potential but just that it seems Bangladesh Team is not playing as one Team, one unit. Tamim scoring centuries in England was really good achievement. And yes, Ireland must not have been banned altogether in 2015 world cup. They really showed their talent in 2011 world cup.

  • on April 13, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi & I cant find any reason for this fighting between Bangladeshi, Indian & Irish fans.Ireland is a very good team. I love the passion and belief with which they play & have some w.class players! They are not weaker than Bangladesh but are also not way ahead of us.I was very disgusted by the ICC's decission to keep them out of 2015 WC beecause we were associates too and playing WC was the biggest motivation for the team and for the nation.And the game will never prosper if it is limited to few nations. Even we B.deshis agree that test status was at least 5 years premature.But I think it is wrong to place Bangladesh and Ireland as enemies and spread hatred against Bangladesh Cricket. Many Bangladeshis admire the Irish team for their spririt. If Bangladesh cricket is not where it should be today, its not the players' fault only, & even the Irish board should take note .And all I want to say to Indian fans that, Guys! You just won the WC! Why bother commenting here??

  • Karthik_Runja on April 13, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    If we not forget recently Bangladesh made a statement saying we will target the new Australia captain Micheal Clarke..... But they badly failed because of Shane watson..... Please dont forget Ponting is still in the Squad... So forget about the Aussie startergies and just concentrate on the Game.

  • ashuloyal on April 13, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    It is for BD fans- Dude every day is not going to be Sunday for watto!!!! So cheer for your team....they will surely bounce back....

  • on April 13, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    An Indian.... and I am surprised to see the Indian fans here forgetting that it was Bangladesh (along with SL) who knocked us out of the 2007 world cup. (There is no such thing as an upset.. you either win or lose). We all know that Bangladesh is not there yet but not too far behind either. So teams like Zim, Ireland, Bangladesh and others must be encouraged consistently for a longer period of time, if Cricket as a sport is to grow. Otherwise what fun it is to win a world cup.. when India's population is 4X the population of all other top cricketing nations combined.

  • papi11on on April 13, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    I understand that Bangladesh fans want their team to do well and I respect their love for the game. But, they need to understand that the team is still evolving and it will be a long time before Bangladesh can really compete with test playing nations. Note that their wins over test playing nations in worldcups(Ind, Eng) are exceptions and they have a very poor record against test playing nations in all forms of the game. If they refuse to acccept it, you get 'over the top' reactions like stoning the bus and what not.

  • on April 13, 2011, 6:56 GMT

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  • maddy20 on April 13, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    The way forward for Bangladesh now is to have a strong first-class cricket structure. That is how players are prepared for international matches. They should stop worrying about things like IPL and should concentrate on test cricket if they ever dream of becoming a strong team. India has won the third WC they played, it did not take long for Pakistan and SL to win worldcups either and BD has never even made it to the koncok-out stage.

  • on April 13, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cricket-Petition-against-icc-for-10-team-world-cup/204903979527478#!/pages/Cricket-Petition-against-icc-for-10-team-world-cup/204903979527478

  • on April 13, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    http://www.picbadges.com/bangladesh-14/1523887/

  • Bendtner on April 13, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Foolish comment from Sehwaguparcut. What does it mean? If he does'nt bat that way someone else will. Bangladesh will never grow up as good cricket playing nation. They are in for another thrash at the hands of Aussies. Bangladesh!!! you suck.

  • Rampatel01 on April 13, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Bangladesh trying to regain what pride?

  • Something_Witty on April 13, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    @Meety I agree with your assessment of BD. Not quite sure why there are so many people so keen to pick on them. They HAVE shown signs of improvement in recent times. A few setbacks are to be expected, hell even experienced teams sometimes collapse for paltry totals. Need I remind anyone of the Sri Lankans being bundled out for 115 or something in Brisbane just recently??

  • Sunny__days on April 13, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Bangadesh bowled really well to watson.. if you carefully abalyse. Watson hit 15 fours and 15 sixes, which mean 150 in 30 balls. In remaining 66 balls he made only 35 runs. Which is only a strike rate of poor 53.03.

    Well bowled Bangladesh.... Go bangla go..

  • on April 13, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    What pride in winning the last ODI of a lost series?

  • Marcio on April 13, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    On the bright side for BD, no matter what happen today, it can't be any worse than the last game. And Watson won't do that 2 games in a row. Actually, even though they haven't been able to compete, BD have at least been able to post semi-decent totals two times. That is something. If they get more than 229 today that will be a positive upward trend, even if they do lose. No doubt Indian fans will find something critical to say about both sides, no matter what the result.

  • missionbegins2011 on April 13, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    @cricketabu, out of those 67 ODI wins of BAN do you know how many have come against test teams? only 17, whitewashing a C grade WI or NZ teams who were without their top players is no big achievement, even ZIM whitewashed ENG 3-0 in their prime, BAN has a slightly more then 50% win record against non test teams which is shame considering that BAN itself is a test nation @Meety, why are you denying BAN's record previous to 1999?, stats dont lie , BAN has been around for more then 25 yrs and still no good, IND won their first WC just 12 yrs after the birth of ODI cricket in 1971 !, so a decade is more than enough for any team to improve, you are saying that BAN played too many matches against big boys, i dont see what is the problem with that?, BAN is a test team and they should be prepared to face big teams, or are you fans just happy with BAN competing with associate nations and winning (with a great deal of difficulty of-course), BAN is actually an associate nation with a test status

  • CandidIndian on April 13, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    There were many Bangladesh fans who were claiming to beat India easily on 19th feb also to qualify for quarter finals easily.There were series of abusing and illogical criticism of Indian team by them so in my view BD fans should not be surprised to see Indians criticizing them after poor performance of their team,however all this should be stopped now from both sides.The problem with BD team is that top teams like India, SA,AUS,SL took them lightly initially and hence suffered .But after losing to BD once or twice they started taking them very seriously and thats were BD team was needed to lift up their game but unfortunately they didn't , at least so far! They need to improve their batting and should look to play more tests also the strategy of choking teams with three or four spinners may work on NZ or WI but against top teams you are likely to suffer just like it happened in world cup and its happening now against Aussies.

  • landl47 on April 13, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    @Something_Witty: and doesn't it feel good to be right for once? Seriously, I know this series was set up before the WC and it was sensible not to use it as a proving ground for young players. However, after this there is a 4-month gap before Australia plays again. The next side should recognize the need for change. Ponting, the Husseys, Haddin and Lee aren't the future of Australian cricket. They should be gone and the next generation given the chance to develop. Australia is in for a few difficult years (and let's face it, the last 12 months have been about the worst I can remember for Aussie cricket). The sooner the new order gets started, the better. Clarke looks the part as a captain for now, and Watson has turned into a very fine all-rounde. As captain and vice they need to bring the young players along to make Australia competitive again asap.

  • maddy20 on April 13, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    @Banglaman Woah woah woah! You wan't to break the IPL monopoly with Bangladeshi cricketers? Face it. The player's don't have skill, temparment and unless they play 10 foreign players and one Bangladeshi player in each club team, they don't have chance. Besides where are you gonna get so much of funds and sponsors from?

  • jgoogly on April 13, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    There are some teams which act as a Punch bag. Countries may be big or small you need only 15 trained guys to play Cricket. This is a lucrative industry but sadly the sharks earn in millions but there are poor but able kids without the basic gear to play this character building honorable game. School standards in Sri Lanka are really higher than Australia and other places. Can you believe they have big matches between the reputed schools in Colombo Kandy, Jaffna and other Town Schools Big matches are being played for more than 150 years girls go to these matches to encourage their boy friends. What more encouragement you need?

  • cricketabu on April 13, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    @gnana_cricket we see pakistan or WI crashing in low score (43 or 59) runs too. Do you demand them out of test nations too? Then better play silly IPL in India only and do the business. No one else should play cricket. No development is required.

  • bdeshfan197 on April 13, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    @candyfloss That's also a great comment. Props man.

  • bdeshfan197 on April 13, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    @sehwaguparcut I really appreciate that comment there. I really really do.

  • Doogius on April 13, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Good luck Bangas - at least these boys respect the game. The reason they didn't do as well as SL and India in the WC was simple, they didn't doctor pitches. C'mon BD, if you want to win, put out a pitch of turned mud, worked for some others recently....

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 13, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Watson's innings aside, it was actually fairly close.

  • on April 13, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    @Meety - Please refrain from calling us Bangas. Have at least some respect for other nations by calling them properly by their names.

  • Biggus on April 13, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    @Anuj Saluja-Many Australians like myself are also here saying "it doesn't happen every day". Why? Because it doesn't, for one, and also because it's decent human behaviour to offer words of encouragement to someone who is having a hard time. If the best Indian fans can do is to be negative then that says far more about yourselves than the BD team that you seek to denigrate. India were in the international game for several decades before they could compete on anything like equal terms with the more established teams. Bangladesh will succeed on the world stage because failure is not an option, just as it was not an option for India even though it took 50 years for them to stop being easybeats. The rest of us had to show much patience with India and it would be fitting were they to stop taking cheap shots at BD as if they were always mighty. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

  • cricketabu on April 13, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    @Anuj Saluja do you guys know your history? before 80's India was the worst team in ICC for 30 years. At that time they hardly beat a test playing nation. Thats why your winning rate still below 50%. Still Indian bowling side is the worst among 14 nations. Only become champs with the help of good batting side and dead wickets in home condition. Go WI in the next tour and play well. Goodluck! Allow Bd 15 years half of yours. Stats clearly shows Bd is develping in Cricket. Other associate too. Whats wrong with more nations playing WC where as Football WC is of 32 teams. Because it might create headache for India or Pakistan who were out after first round in 2007.

  • on April 13, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    @Anuj - Yes fans are not willing to accept that the team is no good because that would be a false reality to accept. They just recently beat New Zealand 4-0 and a pretty decent English team, who have beaten South Africa and drew with India, in the World Cup. You mat argue that NZ is not that good and you would be right, however they did beat SA in the World Cup pretty convincingly and I would rank them as a decent team.

  • CandidIndian on April 13, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    There were many Bangladesh fans who were claiming to beat India easily on 19th feb also to qualify for quarter finals easily.There were series of abusing and illogical criticism of Indian team by them so in my view BD fans should not be surprised to see Indians criticizing them after poor performance of their team,however all this should be stopped now from both sides.The problem with BD team is that top teams like India, SA,AUS,SL took them lightly initially and hence suffered .But after losing to BD once or twice they started taking them very seriously and thats were BD team was needed to lift up their game but unfortunately they didn't , at least so far! They need to improve their batting and should look to play more tests also the strategy of choking teams with three or four spinners may work on NZ or WI but against top teams you are likely to suffer just like it happened in world cup and its happening now against Aussies.

  • on April 13, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    Many BD fans condole themselves saying, "It doesn't happen every day". Fans are just not ready to accept that their team is no good. Just few weeks ago they were all out for 58. and now this bashing at the hands of Watto. There is no problem in losing, if you want to keep repeating, "We are a learning team" - but there has been no improvement in BD standards when it comes to cricket. That's why many Indian fans comment on BD fans..

  • on April 13, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    Guys, Bangladesh isnt the top 5 in the world, so stop speaking as if they're meant to be playing really good, seriously..........

  • reyme on April 13, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    Listen rexy, wake up, IRE just lost to BD. They also got whitewashed by BD 2 years ago. BD just came home beating IRE in IRE.

  • cricketabu on April 13, 2011, 0:07 GMT

    @rexy19 do you guys have any idea about cricket? How come Ireland is better team than Bd? Show us some stats. I sympathise to associte members too. Whats wrong with 12 nations playing WC. Everyday cricket should be developed across the nations. Restricting is not the solutions. Problem is with India or Pakistan may be out from the first round as we see in the 2007 and TV busines might gone down.

  • Meety on April 12, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    @IrelandFan100 - unfortunately the Bangas promotion was purely political, & Ireland have exceeded the level that Banga was at when they got test promotion. Ireland whilst not having a 1st class structure - DO have 1st class exposure care of Irish players playing in English county cricket. I just don't like seeing people promoting Ireland & trashing Bangladesh. @Doc Ravish - ummmm mate in 2007 you couldn't even get past the qualifyers! LOL! India have NOT always been WC champs. Not saying 83 was a fluke, but it came from nowhere, & so at that point India had been playing cricket for 50yrs & had little to show for it. The reality is the Bangas have been playing since 1999 or 12yrs, they ARE developing. 5yrs from now, with a mature, Tamim, Nafees, Shakib, Rahim,Mahmuddullah & Razzaq, (they'll barely be 30yrs old), they will be a force in cricket, they just need to find 1 genuine pace bowler like a Lee @145kph+, & 1 canny pace bowler like Vaas or Zaheer. If they do - watch out!!!!!

  • Meety on April 12, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    @missionbegins2011 - quite clearly Bangladesh is not the worst side to have played Inter. cricket. Your examples saying that they have played International cricket for 25 yrs is deceptive. They can only be taken as having played International cricket since 1999. That is only ONE generation of sportspersons. Whilst sheer numbers aren't good for Bangladesh, the problem is they have played too many matches against the big boys (particularly in Tests). It took India 40 yrs to develop a reputation as being tough to beat on home soil. I would say at this point in time they have done almost as well as Sri Lanka did, given SL had a long culture of competitive cricket spanning over 50 yrs prior to Test status. They were often got to play tour games against sides coming to India. There are CLEAR signs that despite the Watto Cyclone, the Bangas are a team trending upwards. They have decent spinners & some decent batsmen & top w/k.

  • on April 12, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Its really funny to see guys comparing a team like BD to India still? We are World Champs and can BD reach a Semis even? I expect a whacking for Bd from Ausses again morrow.. Hope they dont lose as badly as yesterday

  • bala-chala on April 12, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Bangladesh for all practical considerations are an associate nation. They need to play more with other associate nations such as Ireland and Netherlands to prove themselves and also gain confidence. Zimbabwean standards are even lower than the associate nation standards and NZ doesn't play spin very well at all. Victories against these teams on rank turners doesn't prove anything.

  • Farhad-Shamsi on April 12, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    I belive it was Aus's decision to come and play with BD after the WC. BD's first 2 ODI performance was good - 210 and 229, playing all 50 overs against #1 ODI team. BD bowling and fielding in 2nd ODI wasn't great. So was Aus's, I mean giving 88/5 and 229/7 ? BAN should play more with ZIM, WI, NZ, IRE, NED etc. Win or lose this 3rd ODI, this series give BD very good experience and confidence building.

  • sehwaguparcut on April 12, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    From an Indian fan here - I support Bangaldesh cricket and Bangaldesh will come roaring back, there is the talent. To BD fans, please ignore comments from some juvenile fans. Watson doesnt bat like that every day. @candyfloss, thats the spirit.

  • the_predator on April 12, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    REplying to ALL BD FANS about our team. INDIA although has won the cup perhaps are not best team in the world. also there were BD FANS who said INDIA wrere miniow in 1983. they did not do well in 60-70s in test cricket. Now when india was miniow in 1983 they had one sunil gavaskar and one KAPIL DEV in their team. So when exactly BD is going produce a batsman who is 50% as good as gavaskar is.in 1930-1940 there was players like ranjit singji (pioneered leg glance). in 1960 there was spinner named subhas gupte about whome GARFIED sobers still says he is by far the best spinner he has seen. I have not mentioned the four gem spinners that we had. and then we have another little fellow who reminded DON BRADMAN of himself. So question to ALL BD FAN. Ok you require time. But any idea when you will start to produce plyers of these calibres? One request: plase do not humiliate these greats by comparing them with your TAMIM and sakib and mortaza

  • Biggus on April 12, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    @Yevghenny-I reckon we could swap you a fast bowler or two in exchange for a couple of spinners. Since Shane Warne retired we've been looking for another really good tweaker.

  • _Australian_ on April 12, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    @Jay Roughley. Can't agree with your side but you are entitled to your opinion. My side would be. 1. Watson 2. Haddin/Paine 3. Ponting 4. Clarke 5. Ferguson 6. M. Hussey 7. Christian 8. Smith 9. O'Keefe 10. Johnson 11. Lee. That gives a good bowling variety and a very deep batting line up. I would pick the 12th man as the most in form quick to replace Smith if the pitch is more suited that way.

  • Spartan619 on April 12, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    @Chunati - I guess we are all talking about Cricket, about Bangladesh knocked out senseless by Watson.

  • Farhad-Shamsi on April 12, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    BD's batting score of 210 & 229 in the two ODI's was reasonably good considering that Aus is #1 ODI team. Watson got 1 or 2 lucky breaks with missed cathches. Hard luck for BD. But BD played all 50 overs, middle-order took over when the top-order collapsed. BD should be very careful about the 3rd ODI. Aus would want to show more brutal cricket as a way to announcing their new team and send a message to the other top teams.

  • Musallagroup on April 12, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    bangaldesh team is bcomin weak day by day..thers no improvemnt singns at all... another big history is awaiting for aus cricket for next match.. I think indias any weakest state team can thrash out these ordianry bangla....But great things is their fance are still in good form(By talking tooooo much for their country)actualy bangal should be 11th or 12th position under ireland,kenya,afgan...also ICC should remove test status and give to some other country like zimb,ireland,afgan... where are the voices like we are tigers..we are coming... we are goin to ........ Now they proved bangal teams like bangal cats....(Pussy cat)

  • banglaman on April 12, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    I personally believe that, we need more domestic cricket. If we see the past, when Cricket used to play in Dhaka city (about oly) that time our players had more confident´╗┐ then now. Also we need to break the IPL cricket monopoly. For example; in football, players make money by English leg... and Spanish leg... but in cricket we have only IPL. English county cricket is not that good. So in order to break the monopoly we need Bangladesh club cricket. Which will also build the confidence and break the IPL monopoly.

  • on April 12, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Key to anytime coming back from lows is to analyse failures correctly and to be able to churn out talented players, hopefully few of of them some day can make nucleus of a competitive side. Same thing happened to Sri Lanka in 1980s. Bangladesh has to now build a team around Shakib and Tamim and hope for some fighting performances. Unfortunately Bangladesh in their minds continue to feel and on field behave like minnows.

  • Chunati on April 12, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Well said Candyfloss. We need some sensible comments here. Talk cricket.

  • kriskini on April 12, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    After getting test playing rights only Srilanka did very well to become comeptetive. They started playing test in 1985 and already they are 1996 world champions and 2 times runners up.

  • IrelandFan100 on April 12, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Irish Fans are just upset that Bangladesh got the opportunity to become a "Test" side so soon but Cricket Ireland hasnt had the same opportunity. Ireland understand that they still have a few years before they have a 1st Class system in place to allow for Test cricket but they did want full ODI membership so that it could help grow the game here. The amount of people playing Cricket in Ireland has nearly doubled in the last 5 to 10 years and if they had managed to receive more ICC funding then that would allow a first class structure and more money for development. Test teams get 10 million dollars where Cricket Ireland would be lucky to get 400,000, that is a massive difference. If Cricket Ireland got 1 or 2 million they could set up a proper first class structure and get to the next level in a few years.

  • stevejohnson1010 on April 12, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Looks unlikely that even if this was a series of 7 ODIs, BAN would win a single match. I feel the way ICC took back test nation status from ZIM, should do this to BAN as well, that will teach them well. They better play only ODIs and T20s, that too only against minnows.

  • Happy_AusBang on April 12, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    I think bowling is the key. BD lacks bowling, particularly fast bowling. IND lacks bowling too but they have a decent batting lineup. I don't know what BD have in their "A" team and whether there are any others coming up from the domestic circuit but that is where they should focus. I am happy to see that their fielding is not worse than PAK.

  • abongbangladesh on April 12, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    @all indian fan(!).....pls remember how many years it took for india to win their 1st test match.......bd has the potential....they are new.....it will take time....but i agree that we don have the quality to handle the wind of win.....so,don get mad like SIDHU......nd india did not bowl well at all through out the wc....but some how managed to win coz of the batsman......and remember we have SAKIB,RAZZAK in the bowler ranking how many does india have???.....i m not under estimating them.......so give us some time....

  • on April 12, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    its very sad to see all my brothers from india are showing a lil bit more interest in BD cricket.. well i wish u guyz borned in 1920 so u could see what india did in between 1932-1952 took 20 years to win a test match. LOL. BD won 3 in 68 test's. do u know what india did in first 68 test's ??? won 4. LOL. thats what stats says. BD played only 11 years. so long to go and thats cricket so keep criticising.. u guyz didn't lerned to do better then that.

  • on April 12, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    BD team have nothing, they are never nearer to play positive cricket. Day by day they are making their performance worse. They can never do any good. They are now consistent in poor playing & make 58 & 78 runs. They are now playing too much negative cricket and they haven"t any desire to win a match. Even they are now beaten before the match. When all the weaker nation are trying to win against the stronger side. This is the only team where the slow coach (Imrul Kayes, Raquibul Hasan) are playing ODi cricket in this age. If these slow coach play for 80 or more ball than it is must that BD team will loose that day. Even they are getting regular chance! On the other hand better ODI player Like S. Nafees, A. Kapali, A. Ahmed is not getting chance. It's all about grouping in BD team. What you wanna expect from this team

  • indianzen on April 12, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    I think its a little too much for BD. as an associate nation BD is doing well, but right now should concentrate in playing against West Indies, Ireland, England and NZ who are right now not at their best. Straightly playing with Aus is just like taking on a bouncer without a helmet...

  • Benzim on April 12, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    @ Sagarneel u know dog is always burking when tiger get injured.

  • Spartan619 on April 12, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    @Mohanraj Jp - "Tamim is not Afridi, who can change the game with his flashes" - oh..when did Afridi take Pakistan to a win with his flashing? Anything recently? Well...not atleast in the world cup semifinal.....HAHAHAHAA....please compare with someone reasonable...like Dilshan/Sehwag or Watson.

  • Yevghenny on April 12, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    I think the rubbishing of Bangladesh from Ireland fans leaves a sour taste in the mouth. It shows a total lack of understanding of the difference between 1st class and international class. How many years did New Zealand go without a test win?

  • Yevghenny on April 12, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Bangladesh recently beat New Zealand 4-0. But they simply do not have the bowlers at present to trouble the best teams in the world. I hear Ireland mentioned, but they are no better.

    Bangladesh need to get some fast bowlers, they are getting 2 or 3 batsmen starting to develop into tough cricketers, but the best teams have always had great bowlers

  • Spartan619 on April 12, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    cat-e-bangla.....LOL...meow......meow......HAHAHAHAHA

    So now the question arises, should BD team be called "underdogs" or........"undercats"? HAHAHAHAHA......

    Bangladesh coach should not try to replace anyone in his team for the third ODI...bcoz he needs to replace the entire team.........HAHAHAHAHAHA.....

  • candyfloss on April 12, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    I request my fellow Indian "fans" to go easy on Bangladesh,they have some talent and probably will take more time to improve but they dont deserve to be written off like that.Even if you dont like the bangladesh team you can rather refrain from commenting instead of pulling them down.

  • RakeshDash on April 12, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    PRIDE!!!!I wonder if its left. Anyway BD was never expect to beat mighty Aussies.Fans and Mr Siddons create all these hype once they beat the second rating team of WI. So guys dreams are over, get the reality.BD need to really work hard. Its only coz of Mr Dalmiya BD got the test status.They are still minnows and expected to give you some surpirse once in a lifetime.

  • cricketabu on April 12, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    @mission begins2011. Do you know Bd won 67 ODI against almost all the test and one day playing countries. Remember Australia is no 1 ranked team and Bd is 9. Though Bd white washed NZ, WI, Zimbabwe. Not all the world record against Bd. In WC 2011 Bd got 6 points, whereas Ireland 4. Bd beat Ireland too.

  • on April 12, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    @maddy20-that's interesting. I like your explanation on how Bangladesh beat Ireland in the World Cup though.

  • on April 12, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    @ missionbeins2011. i support your every word. The problem is with Bangla guys who expect a respect like full member test team which doesn't play like one. they dont ave diversity in bowling..or different ideas. Tamim is a flashy opener. Teams who got strong middle order can only play with flashy openers ( Dilshan in Srilanka, Sehwag in India ) . Tamim is not Afridi, who can change the game with his flashes & spins. Even after 25 years, they are still puppy. Get real bangla fans.

  • maddy20 on April 12, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    Pride? After the bashing they got yesteerday I wonder if there is any left! As for Bangladesh beating Ireland, Ireland lost it. They were in a very solid position to win and threw it away. I am sure that if there is a 3 match series Ireland will win it hands down. They gave a scare to teams like India and SA(remember 143/5?) and BD won't stand a chance!

  • Biggus on April 12, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    @Sumon Mahbubur Rahman-You guys will come good even if it does take time. We've been playing test cricket since 1877 and generations of Australian children have grown up watching legends of the game play and it's almost instinctive for us now. After a while you will have a reserve of 'wise old heads' who can help guide young players to keep calm in pressure situations and pass on a fighting spirit. Rahim seems to understand the fighting spirit bit though. His gutsy little innings took the initiative away from us and his good running put the fielders under pressure. Some good lessons there for the rest of the team

  • Sagarneel on April 12, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    @missionbegins2011: agree with each alphabet you've written! Its a misery to hear that the team is in a learning process every time they lose (and they lose most of the times, don't they). Barring Tamim Iqbal occassionally, and Shakib (though tagging him as the best allrounder in the world is a BIG joke), they don't have a single player good enough to play street cricket. And I have real doubts on the brains of ICC...they retain teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe ever as permanent members, but the likes of Ireland and Netherlands bite the dust. To be honest, teams like BAN should not be allowed to play anything other than t20, that too against sides like Afghanistan, where the chances of occassional upsets are more. Watching Bangladesh play is a pain, and all they do is provide a platform where opponents can make records. Period.

  • jorock on April 12, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    My Sqaud for final ODI will be Tamim, mahmadullah,kayes,nafees, mushfiqar,shakib,kapali,hom,mortaza,razzak,shaiful so they have enough fire power till the 8 position with more than capable bowlers to complete 50 overs. i think someone agreesive have to take the opening spot so that we can unsettle the bowling of Australia.

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on April 12, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    mistake in my previous comment. . . if fit,masrafe should play ahead of shafiul.

  • on April 12, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    my team would be for Australia ODIs after this year 1.Watson 2.Warner 3.Pain (wk) 4.Clarke (C) 5.M Hussey 6.Fergurson 7.Smith/Hopes 8.Johnson 9.Hastings 10.Doherty 11.Mckay

    White D Hussey N Lyon Cummings

  • Biggus on April 12, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    @soumyas-Yes, the two catches that went down really rubbed salt into the wound. The first one was pretty tough, maybe only a 50/50 but the second should have been swallowed for sure.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on April 12, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Pattinson should obviously play, an ideal opportunity to blood him. And Paine should directly replace Haddin as opener and keeper. I'm thinking that in August that that should happen permanently in all formats. This next period pre August is absolutely key for Aust cricket and big decisions have to be made. New coach & new selectors to start. Its early days but am liking the Clarke / Ponting switch and think the extra responsibility for C & the ability to just concentrate on batting for P could be just what they both need after an Ashes series where neither averaged 20. If they can both return to 45+ averaging Test players then Australia have a base to move forward again.

  • pintucqu on April 12, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    bangladesh team can't survive by this type bowlling. its really needed three quality fast bowllers or at least three quality spin bowllers. for third match my team would be 1.Tamim,2Nafees 3.Imrul,4.Shakib ,5.Rahim.6.Alok,7.Mahmudullah, 8.Hom, 9.masrafee,10.Razzak, 11.Rubel

  • on April 12, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    @Biggus i agree with u.. & also think there's a lack of proper guidence of BD cricket team.. they can't make an agressive batting start because of scoring below 100 in WC.. after siddon's signing off BD should try to get Sourav Ganguly as a batting coach.. & i believe there will be some great advantages of having same language.. just a personal opinion.

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on April 12, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    comments shows maximum bd supporter want to see alok and suvagoto playing. . . i agrre with them. next game, 1. tamim 2. kayes 3. nafeez 4. riyad 5. sakib 6. suvagoto 7. musfiq 8. alok 9. safiul 10. razzak 11. rubel. it should be. . . must be!

  • LittleMaster13 on April 12, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    @ rexy19 - im sorry but i do recall in the world cup bangladesh beating ireland.

  • soumyas on April 12, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    @Biggus forget on an a different day and all, on the same day there were two catches,both dropped by bangladeshi players, they cud have atleast avoided humiliation.

  • Something_Witty on April 12, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    For once I find myself agreeing with Landl. As for the match, I hope we get to bat first. - Maybe this time Watto can break the record. :P Also I would LOVE for Pattinson to make his debut. He's got a good action and looks strong as an ox. Could turn into a real handful if handled properly.

  • missionbegins2011 on April 12, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    BAN is the worst team to have ever played international cricket ,period. Fans who give excuses that BAN is a new team and is in a learning phase should have a look at the stats first, BAN has been playing ODI's since march 1986 which means they have already completed 25 years in int cricket, i wonder how much more time does a team need to become decent ? are 25 years not enough?, SA had a readmission in int. cricket in 1991 i.e 5 years after BAN and look where they are, BAN won their first ODI in 1998 that too against kenya which means they had a loosing streak of 12 continuous years !!, What makes the matter worse are the BAN fans who refuse to believe the reality, I think IRE is a much better side then BAN, they have shown the ability of beating test side right from the word go which is a feat that took BAN 13 years to achieve after their debut

  • landl47 on April 12, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Why on earth would Australia retain Haddin as WK and play Paine as a specialist batsman? Paine's a much better keeper and the argument for keeping Haddin in the side has been his batting. If they played Paine as WK and retained Haddin as a specialist batsman it would make more sense, though Haddin's current form and his age hardly seem to justify that.

  • Benzim on April 12, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh realized much of their performence & the only one match is left of this series So Bangladesh should go like a all out game.They need to be positive first as Mushfiq has already shown the capability. For squad , I prefer Alok Kapali in place of Raqibul Hasan & Shuvogoto in place of Shorowardi Shuvo .All the best .

  • on April 12, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    A few change is expected in BD squad. I think Alok Kapali & Shuvagoto Hom should get a chance as well as Mahmudullah up in the order. Mahmudullah should b promoted 2 no. 4 position. My squad for final ODI: 1.Tamim, 2.Imrul, 3.Nafees, 4.Mahmudullah, 5.Shakib, 6.Rahim, 7.Alok, 8.Hom, 9.Islam, 10.Razzak, 11.Rubel

  • rexy19 on April 12, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    betterfor bangladesh stop playing cricket, i dont understand why ICC giving number of chances to Bdesh, IRELAND TEAM IS 100% BETTER THAN Bangladesh team.

  • shamimkuet on April 12, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    I think Bangladesh should select team as follows....

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

  • Biggus on April 12, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    I don't think BD should be too depressed about Monday's game. That sort of innings doesn't happen every day of the week, and the recovery in the home team's innings after an awful start was pretty meritorious. On a different day Watson may have edged one of the hits over mid-wicket back on to his stumps and it may have been game on. I'm not sure, however, about playing 3 slow left armers in the same team. It doesn't give Shakib much room to move if someone starts getting stuck into them.

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  • Biggus on April 12, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    I don't think BD should be too depressed about Monday's game. That sort of innings doesn't happen every day of the week, and the recovery in the home team's innings after an awful start was pretty meritorious. On a different day Watson may have edged one of the hits over mid-wicket back on to his stumps and it may have been game on. I'm not sure, however, about playing 3 slow left armers in the same team. It doesn't give Shakib much room to move if someone starts getting stuck into them.

  • shamimkuet on April 12, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    I think Bangladesh should select team as follows....

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

  • rexy19 on April 12, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    betterfor bangladesh stop playing cricket, i dont understand why ICC giving number of chances to Bdesh, IRELAND TEAM IS 100% BETTER THAN Bangladesh team.

  • on April 12, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    A few change is expected in BD squad. I think Alok Kapali & Shuvagoto Hom should get a chance as well as Mahmudullah up in the order. Mahmudullah should b promoted 2 no. 4 position. My squad for final ODI: 1.Tamim, 2.Imrul, 3.Nafees, 4.Mahmudullah, 5.Shakib, 6.Rahim, 7.Alok, 8.Hom, 9.Islam, 10.Razzak, 11.Rubel

  • Benzim on April 12, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh realized much of their performence & the only one match is left of this series So Bangladesh should go like a all out game.They need to be positive first as Mushfiq has already shown the capability. For squad , I prefer Alok Kapali in place of Raqibul Hasan & Shuvogoto in place of Shorowardi Shuvo .All the best .

  • landl47 on April 12, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Why on earth would Australia retain Haddin as WK and play Paine as a specialist batsman? Paine's a much better keeper and the argument for keeping Haddin in the side has been his batting. If they played Paine as WK and retained Haddin as a specialist batsman it would make more sense, though Haddin's current form and his age hardly seem to justify that.

  • missionbegins2011 on April 12, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    BAN is the worst team to have ever played international cricket ,period. Fans who give excuses that BAN is a new team and is in a learning phase should have a look at the stats first, BAN has been playing ODI's since march 1986 which means they have already completed 25 years in int cricket, i wonder how much more time does a team need to become decent ? are 25 years not enough?, SA had a readmission in int. cricket in 1991 i.e 5 years after BAN and look where they are, BAN won their first ODI in 1998 that too against kenya which means they had a loosing streak of 12 continuous years !!, What makes the matter worse are the BAN fans who refuse to believe the reality, I think IRE is a much better side then BAN, they have shown the ability of beating test side right from the word go which is a feat that took BAN 13 years to achieve after their debut

  • Something_Witty on April 12, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    For once I find myself agreeing with Landl. As for the match, I hope we get to bat first. - Maybe this time Watto can break the record. :P Also I would LOVE for Pattinson to make his debut. He's got a good action and looks strong as an ox. Could turn into a real handful if handled properly.

  • soumyas on April 12, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    @Biggus forget on an a different day and all, on the same day there were two catches,both dropped by bangladeshi players, they cud have atleast avoided humiliation.

  • LittleMaster13 on April 12, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    @ rexy19 - im sorry but i do recall in the world cup bangladesh beating ireland.