Bangladesh v Australia, 3rd ODI, Mirpur

Hussey hundred sets up Australia's clean-sweep

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

April 13, 2011

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Australia 361 for 8 (Hussey 108, Watson 72, Razzak 3-58, Mortaza 3-80) beat Bangladesh 295 for 6 (Kayes 93, Mahmudullah 68*, Nafees 60, Johnson 3-67) by 66 runs
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Michael Hussey celebrates his 86-ball ton, Bangladesh v Australia, 3rd ODI, Mirpur, April 13, 2011
Michael Hussey made 108, his first ODI century in four years © Associated Press

Michael Clarke will fly out of Bangladesh with a clean-sweep to his name in his first series as Australia's full-time captain, but it didn't come without a few jitters in the final match. Michael Hussey's century and another Shane Watson blitz set Australia on the path to their fourth-highest ODI total of all time, and while the final margin of 66 runs may appear comfortable, Bangladesh put up a feisty chase.

The hosts needed 362 for victory, which even their most ardent fans must have felt was unachievable after they managed only 210 and 229 in the first two matches. But Imrul Kayes and his top-order colleagues gave the Mirpur crowd something to cheer about, pushing the score to 179 for 1 with 20 overs remaining, and Clarke was scratching his head for an answer.

It came in the form of the debutant fast bowler James Pattinson, who picked up his first wicket for his country - not the same country his brother Darren represented - when Kayes edged behind for 93, and the required run-rate crept into unrealistic territory. If only, the Bangladeshis must have been thinking, we'd batted like this earlier in the series. If only we'd kept Australia to something more gettable.

The chase fizzled out as Shahriar Nafees skied a catch off a Mitchell Johnson slower ball for 60, and then Shane Watson collected two wickets in an over. Mahmudullah made a late half-century, although by then the game was decided.

But at least there was a pursuit, not just a surrender. That much was apparent from the first over, which brought Bangladesh ten runs as Tamim flicked Johnson through midwicket for four and slashed him over third man for six. But Tamim (32 off 17 balls) couldn't keep out a Johnson yorker, and it was left to Kayes to maintain the tempo.

He did that admirably. The Australians had rested Brett Lee and the attack was missing some bite, the medium-pacer John Hastings having shared the new ball with Johnson. Kayes was rarely troubled by the bowling and he played some classy drives and cuts, finding the gaps and trying to avoid the type of risks taken by Tamim.

However, Kayes showed that he could also clear the boundary, with a well-judged slap over midwicket off Watson. The occasional gamble was necessary, given the enormous target and the fact that Nafees at the other end, while sticking around and turning over the strike, wasn't exactly peppering the boundary.

But just when Kayes looked set to post his second ODI century, he fell. It was an anticlimax for the crowd, who knew Bangladesh had let themselves down earlier in the day, when Australia rocketed to 80 for 0 from eight overs thanks to Watson's second demolition of the week.

Half an hour into the match, if the horse hadn't bolted it had at least noticed that the gate was open, and thanks to Hussey's third one-day international century, Australia rode to the relative safety of 300-plus and then galloped further ahead. In 768 one-day matches across four decades, only three times had Australia scored more than their 361 for 8.

There was 368 against Sri Lanka in Sydney five years ago and 377 against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup, both of which were, not surprisingly, winning totals. There was also the small matter of 434, which was chased down in Johannesburg in 2006, and Clarke was relieved Bangladesh didn't have the depth in batting of that South African unit.

The Australians themselves relied on three strong partnerships. First it was Watson and Ricky Ponting, opening for just the third time in his ODI career, who launched the innings with a 110-run stand. Then Hussey and Clarke (47) combined for an 89-run partnership that negotiated the middle overs, and a 70-run effort from Johnson and Hussey put the finishing touches on the total.

Hussey was lbw in the final over for 108, ending his first ODI century in four years and showing that even at 35, he still has something to offer this limited-overs outfit. There were a couple of sixes but it was a typical Hussey knock, as he found the gaps and the boundaries, and ran hard when the ball couldn't be properly dispatched.

He was overshadowed during his partnership with Johnson (41 off 24 balls), who lifted consecutive sixes over long-off from the bowling of Mashrafe Mortaza. It was a forgettable day for Mortaza, who took three wickets but haemorrhaged 80 runs from his nine overs. The only bowler who could hold his head up was Abdur Razzak, who collected 3 for 58.

It was Razzak who pegged things back after the early carnage, as he beat Watson in the air and turned a ball past his attempted sweep to rattle the stumps. Ponting (47) also fell to Razzak, lbw while trying to sweep. The Australians had been on top since the first over, when Watson pulled and punched through the off side for a pair of boundaries off Shafiul Islam, and he followed with four fours in Shafiul's next over.

Watson's half-century came from 25 balls, and he finished with 72 from 40 deliveries. Not that everything worked out for Australia, whose young batsmen were notable failures. Steven Smith was promoted to No. 4, but didn't take his chance, and popped a return catch to Suhrawadi Shuvo for 5, while Callum Ferguson spooned a catch to mid-off for 3 and Tim Paine was lbw trying to reverse-sweep for 7.

Today, it didn't matter. The old guard ensured a clean-sweep, and Australia can now enjoy their winter hibernation.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by trialsofteval on (April 16, 2011, 14:47 GMT)

Bangladesh just does not have the staying power . it is like watching SriLanka grow up before winning the WC2006 .. But with Bangla it is taking practically forever.. but again SL took 5 world cups to win the cup, it has been only 4 so far for Bangladesh.. interestingly its been 9 for england and 6 for SouthAfrica go figure..

That is not the only yardstick,

Lets not forget Ban blanked out Kiwis, 5-0

Posted by   on (April 15, 2011, 14:25 GMT)

Seeing Watson making 185 if some one feels that his achievement is small since he did against an ordinary bowling attack,..what would he think to see against best bowling attack of Australia , Bangladesh has scored almost 300 runs

Posted by Meety on (April 15, 2011, 10:52 GMT)

@missionbegins2011 - mate are you serious "...IND won the first WC within 12 years of ODI's inception..."???????? Mate what about the 50yrs of Test exposure prior????? Mate your thinking is totally warped & bias. @star_boy - the Bangas domestic scene has grown from nothing to something that is competitive. They are scouting outside the capital far better then ever before. I think they need to improve their pitches as there is an over supply of off-spinners (left arm particularly). The problem the Bangas have currently is there is a big difference in ability of their top players & their least talented players. Once they even that up a bit they will improve their results.

Posted by Samdanh on (April 15, 2011, 7:16 GMT)

Bangladesh showed intention to not to lose wickets rather than making any attempt to win. So, ultimately it did not help them anyway. They still lost by 66 runs. It was like the way Kenya plaed against Australia in the World cup encounter. In both cases the sides strived to retain wickets and not be all out in 50 overs rather than striving to win. And in both cases it was their last match in tournament or series respectively and all that they wanted was to keep some pride intact by losing but not by losing all wickets. It did not matter to Aus anyway as they won both matches comfortably. Immediately after the match was over the article read "179 for 1 with 30 overs remaining" which has since been corrected to "20 overs remaining" The original and glaring error betrayed a surprising eagerness of the author to show Aus in as much poor light as possible. Expect writers here to demonstrate neutrality and a balanced perspective in their reports

Posted by star_boy on (April 15, 2011, 6:51 GMT)

I think Bangladesh can improve more if they build a strong domestic cricketing structure which would groom youngsters more than only competing against top cricketing teams. I am not sure if such a structure already exists, but there is no altermative to grooming a player right from his young days. If such an environment exists, there would be an automatic flow of good players into the team.

Posted by Sam_k14 on (April 15, 2011, 4:41 GMT)

Te ICC should stop arranging these meaningless series. I could have predicted the result of this series even before it began. What a waste of time!!

Posted by FrenchCricketFan on (April 14, 2011, 16:40 GMT)

Being aussi supporter this series meant nothing to me right from the beginning because the real test for australia is against good teams , not a weak team like ban. Ban, their batting although most inconsistent, is sometimes capable of puting up a good fight. But their balling always get hammerd against good teams, too expansive. I think if they can atleast find some economical ballers (forget wicket taking baller) they would be competitive against big teams. This last game for example, if they could restrict aus within 300 , this game would have been competitive.

Posted by Farhad-Shamsi on (April 14, 2011, 16:00 GMT)

Our Indian friends constantly remind us that we are not in the same league as them. Everyone knows that. Yes, we don't have 37 year old Tendu, or 32 year old Zaheer, or 32 year old Sehwag. Our players are 22 or 23, some 26-28. Siddons is right -- Stick with this team, by next WC they will be a much stronger team. They will not be content with just honorable defeat against big teams, but will really be competing against them. This Aussies series was great confidence building experience for BAN. Good series for Aussies also, as the leadership torch has been passed to a younger generation. They got a good meaure of their strengths, and where they need to improve. Thanks to Aussies for coming and playing in BD. Aussies will win the next WC in their home ground. Very good luck to them.

Posted by Afridynamite on (April 14, 2011, 15:19 GMT)

@enigma agree with you Bangladesh & Zim dont deserve test status. ICC is diluting cricket standards.

Posted by Itteza on (April 14, 2011, 14:42 GMT)

Great People talk about IDEA !!!!!! Average people always COMPARE and SMALL people always COMPLAINTS !!!!

U C.... hearted INDIAN. BD lost to AUSTRALIA !!! Makes U happy !!! @ Abhinav and some IND!! Do you know how to Thank or appreciate or ever got appreciated by anyone!!!!!!!! What is your problem??????????? Congrats to AUSSIE and BANGLADESH for great ODI's

Posted by Abbas_Quereshi on (April 14, 2011, 14:39 GMT)

why all indian fan criticized bangla team. i don't get it. let see how india manage to win against australia and england in there home soil. india is very average team outside asia. :)

Posted by mrgupta on (April 14, 2011, 13:33 GMT)

@Munazir Hussain: You are right, so what if after their first 70 tests India had a Win-Loss ratio of 0.20, Pak had 0.50 and SL had 0.30 but Bangla is still doing much better with Win-Loss ratio of 0.05 after their 68 test matches even though during their initial days Cricket was not as popular as it is today in India. So what if after playing 247 ODIs Bangladesh has a Win-Loss ratio of 0.37 and India had 0.82 after playing their first 245 ODIs between which they Won a World Cup, made it to semi finals of the other one. Still BD are doing so well but India was still a minnow. I agree India was not such a great team but those were the times when India was nothing as a nation too. Cricket was not so popular and funding of tours was difficult. Don't compare it to the kind of facilities players Enjoy today with high profile foreign coaches and high quality kits. Our Cricket infrastructure was poor compared to the top teams like Aus and Eng in those days still we managed more Wins than BD.

Posted by samaritan123 on (April 14, 2011, 10:48 GMT)

I feeel sorry for Bangladesh. They were at the receiving end of the Aussie frustration for getting whipped at the W C. They should have played with S A or England to see if they are still good. Well played tigers. You have not let your country down.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

I hate the 'honorable loss' concept that minnows come up with to make themselves feel better about losing.

Accept it - you lost by over 50 runs, and that to me counts as a big defeat ! Scoring 295 when Australia had over 350 is not a big deal - they were not trying that hard, and did not mind giving away singles.

Till Bangladesh start playing for victory, and not just for cheap satisfaction, they will remain minnows of the cricket world.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2011, 9:23 GMT)

Enigma i guess India's test status should have been stripped away when they used 2 get thrashed by Bradman and Co...and even 20 years after that.....they were still the minnow who couldnt win...........To think of it India was always a very average team who cudn dream of winning outside home soil until Ganguly became captain probbly 50 years after getting test status.........

i guess test cricket would have died a slow death without minnows like India and NZ in the 60s and 70s........If u want to kill test cricket u should drop West indies as well and probably new Zealand too cuz they have less potential than Bangladesh has in the next ten years. However if u want to save it u should give Ireland a target or timeline to prepare infrastructure (own 1st class structure with a minimum numbr of players) and some results ie white wash Bangladesh or India in a ODI series etc

Posted by hyclass on (April 14, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

There has been a theory in vogue with the selectors for the last 4 years.It defies logic and has been a total failure.If a player at 1st class level averages in the mid 30s with the bat or the high 40s to low 50s with the ball and they have played for a number of years,then it is RIDICULOUS to expect them to perform 30% or more better at international level,as is required.Most players do well to maintain the same level,let alone exceed it.It defies explanation that players who average in the 20s with the ball and 50s with the bat are being ignored.Ferguson and Marsh have over 8 years each at state level.Their records are average to poor at that level.Yet they keep being pushed forward as candidates.It is a mistake to form a view on small patches of form alone.Their long term records indicate failings of technique,concentration,planning and execution and endurance.Ultimately,top level players have great 1st class records to fall back on.Too many pretenders in australian colours dont.

Posted by star_boy on (April 14, 2011, 9:01 GMT)

@Rosnaik- I personally would like that Bangladesh becomes a force in world cricket but sorry to say that you cannot compare the current (or past) state of Bangladesh cricekt with that of the previous Indian or Sri Lankan statures. Indian players even in the 50s decades had the class which people recognized. Players in that era like Polly Umrigar, Vijay Manjrekar,leg spinner- S.M.Gupte wheras in the decade of 60s Indian team had already become formiddable on home soil and started performing very competetively on foreign soil with the likes of classy players like Masoor Ali Khan pataudi, Dilip Sardesai, Hanumant Singh, Chandu Borde and the father of sub-continental off spin art- Erapalli Prasanna. It was the due to the class of these players that a great set of players emerged in the 70s era.I've never seen the same class in Bangladeshi cricketers ever even though people like Ashraful come with big hopes, they fail miserably. So, please don't compare Bangladeshi and past Indian cricket

Posted by hyclass on (April 14, 2011, 8:35 GMT)

This 300 over series-a so-called tour-the equivalent of 3 days and one session of a test,was Cricket Australias' PR exercise in self promotion and a desperate attempt to mask the shame of the 4 worst managed years in australian cricket history.NSW or Tasmania in darwin would have been a far more testing prospect than Bangladesh and would have been far more helpful to australias cause-but thats never been the mindset of this administration.The irony of poor selection continues to be on display.Paines record indicates that he is completely unsuited to the shorter form of the game.His strike rate is very low,even in the longer form of the game.His saving grace is that he is tasmanian like the australian captain who has had 4 bad years,the average Doherty and Hilfenhaus,the below average Krezja and 2 of the selectors.There is no rationale for his inclusion as the spare keeper in a one day squad.As with Clarke in 20/20,some players are clearly unsuited to formats yet keep being selected.

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (April 14, 2011, 8:25 GMT)

@Meety, i understand the fan you are but you are comparing oranges to apples when you compare SL, PAK and esp. IND with BAN, being specific to ODI,s BAN is the worst ever without a shadow of doubt simply because of the consistency of loosing for over last 25 years, No team comes close to that, IND won the first WC within 12 years of ODI's inception, while if you look at SL and PAK's records in the beginning itself both the teams showed sparks of beating test sides on a regular basis before becoming real strong teams, while it took BAN a whole truckload of 13 years to win against a test side in an ODI, both PAK and SL won their respective WC within 20 years of WC history, BAN has more than in a dismal ODI record against test sides , out of 145 matches they have won just 17 ODI's, a winning % of 11 in 25 years says it all ,why do i need to say anything else

Posted by   on (April 14, 2011, 8:17 GMT)

How did New Zealand manage to lose to this side? They clearly have more quality.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2011, 7:54 GMT)

team in Making : Bangladesh

Posted by enigma77543 on (April 14, 2011, 7:51 GMT)

Bangladesh & Zimbabwe don't deserve Test-status, it's as simple as that. Even after playing Test-cricket for 10 years, they're still a "minnow" that are expected "upset" rather than compete with other Test-nations, thus far, they haven't even been able to compete, they get thrashed by big margins, usually losing by an innings or 8-10 wickets, in Tests just like they used to when they'd started 10 years ago, they haven't improved at all, time to demote them. Even in ODIs, they've won less than 5 matches iIN TOTAL against the top teams Aus,SA,Eng,Pak,SL,Ind; victories against a WI 2nd XI or a lacklustre NZ don't count.

Posted by Geogyu on (April 14, 2011, 7:26 GMT)

What is this so big about Australia. Bangladesh is a team who the West Indies bowled out for 58. All credit to Bangladesh. they replied with 295. Australians are the Tigers without the nails and the tooth now. They live on handicapped rabbits, not fast running dears.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2011, 7:14 GMT)

I dont understand how Ireland becomes a better team than Bangladesh just because they dont get the opportunity to play against Test teams and win against associate teams on a continuous basis.

People forget that Bangladesh have white washed two test teams in ODI series (es) both WI in the windies and the recent 4-0 thrashing of the Kiwis is just recent history.

I doubt that they would be able to even beat the current Zimbabwe side if there is a one day series of more than 3 matches.

Beating teams like Kenya, Uganda or Argentina on a continuous basis is one thing and playing test cricket teams is a completely different ball game.

However bangladesh does need to pick its game and confidence. Fielding and running between the wickets need to improve dramatically. And the lack of stamina in batsmen was very evident in the last match. If you look at Hussey he never seemed to look tired or out of gas. Fitness and proper food habit is the area our coaches and physios need to focus

Posted by   on (April 14, 2011, 6:54 GMT)

Well its about the kind of intent you show on the field. The way IRE plays the game is far more aggressive and with much more zeal. It is not the question about the talent of the players. Players are good in both the teams, its just Ireland plays with more killer intent in the filed which makes them a tough opponent for any mighty team.

Posted by Meety on (April 14, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

@ ronsaik - well said mate. @missionbegins2011 - absolutely not. The Bangas have played Ireland 7 times & have won 5 of those encounters. India & Pakistan & Sri Lanka were in your words pathetic for 50, 25, 15 years by your definition. The ICC should not have put the Bangas in as many series against the top sides, but whats done is done. If Oz & Eng administrators held your point of view 60yrs ago - India would of been banned from playing Tests! Would SRT or Sunny or Kapil ever have bothered playing cricket if that be the case? Hmmm? @ Love_Tiger_Cricket - I agree re: Shakib. He is not a very good captain, he makes a lot of puzzling decisions. He is an outstanding player though. @ gnana_cricket - why don't you have a look at Zim cricket? They have received their cut of Full Membership Funding despite not having played a Test in years. Zim have beaten them repeatedly over the last 4 or 5 yrs, who have Zim beaten in that time? I am 4 Ireland, but not at Bangas expense!

Posted by bala-chala on (April 14, 2011, 5:53 GMT)

BD pulled off a win against a complacent Pakistan in 1999. Then in 2003 they were hammered. Won a couple in 2007 but were hammered in 2011, although the win against England was be a small consolation. Ireland played 2007 with semi-professionals and won a couple there. In 2011 almost all of them are professionals and they gave every team a run for their money. They hold the records for the fastest century, youngest centurion and highest successful run chases in WC. Both BD and Ireland have improved. But the improvement shown for the amount of money invested is huge for Ireland and paltry for BD. Since these funds come from the fans, It is disappointing to see that these are not directed towards the more deserving team.

Posted by Love_Tiger_Cricket on (April 14, 2011, 5:32 GMT)

I'm a die-hard Tiger fan. But I can also be very critical of my team from time to time. Now that the series is finally over I think there are certain observations that merit some attention. FIRST, the mighty Aussie bowlers could not bowl out the BD side in any of the three matches. SECOND, BD selectors must learn that we can't win against any mighty side relying on our less than mediocre spin bowling. Even though he bled a lot of runs, Mashrafe took 2 wickets in the 1st game and 3 invaluable wickets in the 3rd match. The caliber of spin bowlers we have don't have a prayer against the superb batsmen from Indian, Sri Lanka, Australia, and Pakistan. If only we had two more fast bowlers of Mashrafe's caliber we could instantly transform ourselves as real threats against any of the elite nations and drop our minnow status in no time. THIRD, we need a more cerebral captain in the field. Shakib is a great all-rounder, but he is just an awful general.

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (April 14, 2011, 5:23 GMT)

@raiaan mohd. shah, IRE is a better team any day than BAN, IRE has played 64 ODI's and has won an impressive 30, thats almost a winning % of 50, even the current world champion IND has a winning % in 50's only !, IRE has shown the capability of beating test sides every time they have got an opportunity to play against them, but with BAN the result is almost always certain i.e BAN's defeat, the winning % of BAN despite being around for more then 25 years and currently holding a test status is 22.96 % which in one word can be described as pathetic

Posted by ronsaik on (April 14, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

For all those whining about the low expectations of BAN fans...not too long back, if Indian fans had the same attitude about DRAWING tests overseas. Even now, they are satisfied if they win a test and lose the series, since that too is a huge improvement on the results (remember 4-0 Aus '91 series? Or the defeats in England '96, South Africa '92 and '97, WI '97...the list goes on ) of 15-20 years ago. As long as the BAN public is happy seeing its team play, one sided though the matches may be, what is our problem? And of course, it is only a matter of time. What was Sri Lanka's stature before '96? Or India's before '71?

Posted by   on (April 14, 2011, 4:25 GMT)

Ireland is good team but they r not better than BD.Just see-Ire beat only pak in2007 wc and BD beat both IND & SA in 2007.In 2011 IRE beat Eng and BD beat IRE & Eng. Most of their players play in county.They couldn't beat so many big team without two.but they played lot of match 100 above.After getting ICC status 2000 to2007 they only play 127 match and only 40 test match.Is it enough for any test playing country to improve?After 2007 they played lot of match nearly 100 and 20 test match. and they white washed WI(both ODI & test),NZ.they also beat SL and ENG.So BD is better than IRE(any doubt?).BD didn't give their real performance in current year.whats the problem I don't know.BD has ability to beat every strong contry.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2011, 3:35 GMT)

Ok, I'll bring up the topic here. I noticed many people labelling Ireland being better than Bangladesh and so on. Ireland is a talented side, much better than other minnows. They are at a much better skill level that bangladesh was when they didn't have the test status. But believe showing up for a world cup after four years is one thing and showing great results continuously despite getting battered is another. Bangladesh showed great promise in the first year of their test status but then faltered. All of those who are genuinely impressed by irish players may not find Ireland doing as good once they play against top teams 15/20 times a year because they face no pressure compared to bangladeshi players and its a different ball game to perform when your confidence is down (which is likely to happen when you get consistently bashed). It's alright if you still label Bangladesh a minnow, but be consistent and label west indies a minnow too and dont so easily get carried away about Ireland

Posted by NP_NY on (April 14, 2011, 1:54 GMT)

Similar comments were posted by BD fans about "good batting by BD" after they made 283 and lost to India who made 370 in the opening world cup game. When will they learn that teams play to win and they can afford to play defensively after posting 360/370. If Aus had scored 250 in this game, they would have played more aggressively and got BD all out for 78 again. Mr Gupta is right, as long as BD fans keep treating their team like minnows and keep appreciating their teams losses, they will be minnows.

Posted by vertical on (April 14, 2011, 1:46 GMT)

@Abir Faisal nobody is criticizing BD.Go bangla Go.Shoot for the moon.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2011, 0:48 GMT)

Australia won no problem if they had lost even a single match Clarke would have been hot waters. The new captain would have got some confidence. Winning any game against anyone gives you a good feeling and boost your confidence.

Posted by Something_Witty on (April 14, 2011, 0:19 GMT)

Great to see Bangladesh show some fight. Kayes redeemed himself after his poor innings the other day, and I felt for him when he missed his ton. He deserved one. I thought all our bowlers bowled pretty well, but the BD batsmen can hold their heads high for a change.

Posted by bazza1011 on (April 13, 2011, 23:45 GMT)

Aussie fan here...3-0 an emphatic win. But, had it been against a better batting side, I am sure the result would have been different. Have the Australian bowlers learned nothing from the world cup? What is this continual persistance to the theory that bowling short on the pads will get wickets?. In the sub continent this is bread and butter stuff to the players on these slow wickets. I am at the stage that I cannot watch the rubbish that the Aussies are bowling. After getting pasted in the first few overs last night , wayward Johnson pitched the first balll up and on the stumps and what happened?... He got a wicket!! Tait cost Australia the world cup and should never have been selected. The only Bowler at present that is worthy of his place in the Aussie side is Brett Lee. that a novice could

Posted by MinusZero on (April 13, 2011, 23:04 GMT)

I would still be concerned that Bangladesh managed to score nearly 6 and over in reply. Also concerning is that Australia didnt manage to bowl out Bangladesh and only took one more wicket than their opposition throughout the series.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 13, 2011, 22:33 GMT)

@kirachiking- we defeated you 3-0 in tests and 5-0 in ODIs last southern summer.

Posted by Farhad-Shamsi on (April 13, 2011, 21:24 GMT)

Something remarkable happened to the BAN team in this Aussies series --> that even if the top-order (Tamim, Shakib, Imrul) fails, the middle order (Nafees, Mahmudullah, Mushfiq) got the confidence that they can take the team to a respectable score, if not a winning score. That is what was miserably missing in the WC. Thanks to Aussies for playing in BAN. BAN's young team should play more of the top teams. By 2015 they will be a more matured, experienced team.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 13, 2011, 21:21 GMT)

For all the bagging out of Krejza during the cup, his replacement Doherty only picked up one wicket in three games.

Posted by   on (April 13, 2011, 20:53 GMT)

great going rest till ur next tour

Posted by Afridynamite on (April 13, 2011, 20:23 GMT)

Up next for Australia: bilateral series against Kenya so that Clarke can keep his winning record as captain.

Posted by sehwaguparcut on (April 13, 2011, 20:18 GMT)

Are the Aussies back? It will be interesting to see how do from here on.

Posted by La_Bangla on (April 13, 2011, 19:44 GMT)

Cmon Aussies, we have yet to see you score runs against our bowling attack. Even our 2nd string bowling usnit knocked you out for 172 in WC. @Abir Faisal - how do you know all that criticizing BD are Indian fans? haha

Posted by jessiedog on (April 13, 2011, 19:13 GMT)

Doesnt matter how many wickets you take in te one day format, it is about who scores the most runs at the end of each 50 over allotment.

Posted by Bang_La on (April 13, 2011, 19:11 GMT)

@mrgupta, we have learned that satisfaction thing from India, until few years back :)

Posted by ferdous06 on (April 13, 2011, 19:04 GMT)

wish bangladesh had tried the same approach in their 1st match.

Posted by mrgupta on (April 13, 2011, 18:43 GMT)

Its a bit strange that how so many BD fans are claiming that their team has improved so much. I checked Statsguru and Between World Cups 1999 and 2003 Bangladesh had a Win-loss ratio of 0.06 against Top teams (Ind, Aus, SA, SL and Pak). Between World Cup 2003 and 2007 Win-Loss ratio rose to 0.14 (Won 5, lost 34). Now that's some improvement. Since World Cup 2007 till date their Win-Loss ration against Ind, SA, Aus, Pak and SL is 0.02 (Won 1 Lost 37). If the BD fans are still able to see improvement then it is really puzzling, because i failed to understand with a decline of so much in W/L ratio how can there be any improvement in the last 4 years?

Posted by   on (April 13, 2011, 18:25 GMT)

It gets tiresome reading paranoid India fans finding 'bias' everywhere and in everything. I think the only thing they've learned is criticising. Thay comes out with some stats and tries to under estimate a team or a single. I'm really getting so hated on this guyz are really don't understand cricket.

Posted by   on (April 13, 2011, 17:56 GMT)

mrgupta well said... I am a Bangladeshi and I should appreciate these kinds of statements... But one thing, our Bangladeshi fans as well as the team members don't like to accept the fact and these facts should be taken seriously... Otherwise they will fail in the long run...

Posted by manish053 on (April 13, 2011, 17:52 GMT)

Australian intimidating total was not easy to chase for Bangaldesh but kayes create approtunity to cheer for ardent fans of host team which was however at the verge of a defeat before post lunch session game had to be started. Aussies need not to be cheered as bangladesh does not have enormously sources to surge such massive total. Obviously Bangladesh is a future prospects due to their uncharacteristically win in the world cup that thing has builded euphoria among their fans.

Posted by Lahori_Munde on (April 13, 2011, 17:47 GMT)

How accurate a statement from Shakib was at the Post match interview, when he said ""We executed our plans with the bat". Sure, the results confirms that for Shakib. I must say Ponting was right on when he said that "they don't learn anything, they just get hammered"

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (April 13, 2011, 17:42 GMT)

I am sorry to say this dear Bangladeshi fans but your team DON'T deserve to be full ICC members. You cannot give any more excuses because it has been almost 10 years since you became full members. So far your performances have been mediocre with the occasional victories against Zimbabwe. The odd wins against big teams is not enough. You have to learn to win consistently. I think Ireland are better than Bangladeshi team and deserve to play in the next world cup. Zimbabwe and Bangladesh have to be relegated until they can find ways to win games against stronger teams. Please do something ICC.

Posted by mrgupta on (April 13, 2011, 17:38 GMT)

@Siraj Ahmed: You think it was luck which brought Aussies to 361? If a team lost by 66 runs then there was no luck. They were beaten comprehensively. Why is that BD fans are satisfied with them making 295 and still loosing. Don't claim now that you are not a minnow, because you are behaving like one, feeling happy just scoring 290+ and loosing, more like a an associate team. What Aussies managed was not by luck, BD was poor and were no competition to the Aussies team. Look at the records how many matches has BD won against India, Aus, SA, Pak or SL since WC2007? They have played 38 and Won just 1 game, loosing 37 times against these top teams. WI, which BD thinks lower than them, has Won 3 and lost 32.

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (April 13, 2011, 17:37 GMT)

3-0 No Surprise, an inevitable result, smart thinking on the part of cricket australia (CA) to have a series against BAN just after the WC 2011 debacle by AUS, usual reaction by BAN fans that BAN gave a good fight etc etc but at the end of the day reality is: one more instance added to the myriad number of times BAN has been clean swept

Posted by CricLook on (April 13, 2011, 17:28 GMT)

Its true that Bangladesh out played completely...specially in first two ODIs..But they fought hard today...this should be the approach...Australians din't achieve their expected height...They can not hide they fact that their bowler could not able to take 10 wkts in any of the matches...their spinner are really average...Clarke got his captaincy under way...but his real test is still to come...against big teams like India, SA or England..I believe australian is in the same position like it did a month ago...a team with moderate batting order and without match winning bowlers...their overall standing is in the middle among the top teams...This tour didnt change this fact..

Posted by SohelParvez on (April 13, 2011, 17:19 GMT)

Upgrade physical infrastructure at least 7 divisional HQs, support the team anyway for win or lose, then hope for best.

Posted by soumyas on (April 13, 2011, 17:17 GMT)

correction cricinfo... "pushing the score to 179 for 1 with 20 overs remaining"... and not 30 overs remaining,

Posted by   on (April 13, 2011, 17:09 GMT)

congrats to aussie.. good fight bangladesh.. if BD could perform like this in previous 2 games the result would be diffrent..

Posted by Farhad-Shamsi on (April 13, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

Siddons has really done improvements to BAN team in his 4 years. BAN should find a Coach that can build on where Siddons left off, and not start all over again. Challenges for BAN team is to improve both cricket tactics and build mental strength. Today's game was pressure-free, so BAN scored decent total. Properly coached, these young players by the next WC would definitely be a potent force.

Posted by Spartan619 on (April 13, 2011, 16:58 GMT)

We all knew that BD is going to lose..but atleast they have put up a fight...something for the Bangla fans to cheer about...finally..

Posted by   on (April 13, 2011, 16:53 GMT)

BAN really batted well comparing their earlier games. Aus must thank their luck that they cud built up a huge score. Otherwise...... There u look what's going on in SA =BAN A playing against SA A in unofficial 4 days test.First day at stumps SA A scored huge 233/ tomorrow how far they go. In 1st test BAN was defeated by 272 runs in 3 days. Captain Ashraful's knock was 14 in 1st innings n then 4 in 2nd innings. How to rate him as a cricketer ?

Posted by VipulPatki on (April 13, 2011, 16:47 GMT)

Spirited effort by BD. The combined might of Indian and Sri Lankan batting might have found 362 difficult.

Posted by   on (April 13, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

Shakib and Tamim had been disappointing through out the 2011 barring few fifties. Obviously last two years of achievements have gone to the heads of these two and started thinking like they're something. We obviously got the talent; a few glimpes which we have seen today but it's apparent the team is divided. Another thing, I am sick of hearing 'respectable defeat'. Why not go for the kill when you got the momentum? Precisely they lack that killer mentality and drive to push through that extra mile regardless of how much talent we got. What Bangladesh cricket needs now is a clear vision with 2015 in the horizon, sort out these issues within the team, set up a system (1st class cricket) through which we can get players with not just talent but who want to play for Bangladesh who have the drive and determination to go for that extra mile.

Posted by mrgupta on (April 13, 2011, 16:15 GMT)

The problem with BD is that they get satisfied easily. Against India in the first match of the WC they scored 280+ and were very satisfied though they lost by a big margin. Today also they were happy to reach 295. They claimed before WC that they are no longer a minnow then why behave like one? They should feel disappointed for loosing by big margins rather than feeling happy about the batting performance and for the fact they manged to score 280-290 against big teams. One of the Wisdon Cricketer's of the Year Tamim looks more or less like a pinch hitter now who is only happy playing cameos. Where is the sense of responsibility?

Posted by   on (April 13, 2011, 16:11 GMT)

BD should try this 11 for next couple of matches, replacing only Saiful to Rubel, and Shuvo to Ashraful to see the full potential.

Posted by kriskini on (April 13, 2011, 16:10 GMT)

Batting first amd scoring 295 is great. But chasing 362 this is not at all great. Going for a win BD knew they may be bowled out for 150 or 200. This is fine in world cup matches where net run rate is important. Bangladesh wanted to play fifty overs and get as much as possible.

Posted by Biggus on (April 13, 2011, 16:00 GMT)

Well, I think that was a pretty good game. Textbook stuff from Mike Hussey and BD's best batting performance of the series. I reckon the fans who went to the game will feel that some honour has been restored and they'll sleep well tonight. It's been a big day.

Posted by   on (April 13, 2011, 15:52 GMT)

For what purpose the Smith is in team. Aussies should start preparing well for the WC 2015 right from now...........

Posted by sehwaguparcut on (April 13, 2011, 15:39 GMT)

unfortunately the Bang middle order is undoing the good work done by the top order

Posted by sehwaguparcut on (April 13, 2011, 15:20 GMT)

Good fight by Bangladesh, esp Imrul Kayes and Nafees!

Posted by Spartan619 on (April 13, 2011, 14:24 GMT)

@Jayshankar Krishnamurthy - Totally agree. Mitchell Johnson should be nominated for the batsman of this decade....HAHAHA....what a pity...

Posted by Toufique-Zinat-Billah on (April 13, 2011, 13:52 GMT)

GO BANGLADESH...., GO..... GO.....

Posted by   on (April 13, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

we are halfway thru. Yet to see how cubs do - roar or mew mew.It was disappointing in fielding and bowling. Captaincy is also not appreciable.

Posted by   on (April 13, 2011, 12:13 GMT)

Now Bangladesh will bat like they're chasing 253 and achieve it. 253 that is

Posted by HatsforBats on (April 13, 2011, 12:05 GMT)

Opening might actually be a good spot for Ponting; it will get Aus over Haddin's constant disappointments and it will free up spots for Paine/Hastings. Why promote Smith? He'll never bat that high and Ferguson needs to be a regular as soon as possible. Strange decision by Clarke.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 13, 2011, 12:00 GMT)

Nice work by the Aussies but surely Ponting and Clarke couldve allowed Paine and Ferguson a chance to bat 2 and 3 considering these two have waited 8 games to have a hit. Congrats to Huss one of my favourite players but still, on a tour like this, we could've hade a Finch, Marsh, or Khawaja gaining experience at his expence. Nothing new has been gained from this tour except reinforcing how much better our established players are than the bangladeshis....and how destructive Watto can be.

Posted by   on (April 13, 2011, 11:26 GMT)

Mitchel Johnson is the best batsman of the era now , as he scored 2 sixes in 24 balls whereas watson took 40 balls to whack 3 sixes, It's an irony we see two world class batsman emerge within a span of 2 days. Surreal indeed!!!

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