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Bangladesh will target Clarke - Siddons

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April 4, 2011

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Jamie Siddons calls the shots in Bangladesh's team huddle, November 28, 2010
'Take the captain out' is the theme for Bangladesh against Australia © Zimbabwe Cricket
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Jamie Siddons, the Bangladesh coach, has said that his team will target Australia's new captain, Michael Clarke, during the three-ODI series, which begins on April 9 in Dhaka. The Australian team left for Bangladesh today and they will play a warm-up game on April 7 before the series begins.

''Every team targets the captain and we will be wanting to get rid of him [Clarke],'' Siddons told the Sydney Morning Herald. ''If we get to him, it means we will have got through the openers and [Ricky] Ponting, and we'll be happy to have a crack at him. Obviously if you cut off the head the rest will fall. That's the theme - to take the captain out.''

Bangladesh will focus on stalling Australia with their spinners, and Siddons was hopeful that the left-arm options at his disposal, and the captain Shakib Al Hasan in particular, would play a crucial role in the series.

''He [Shakib] doubts himself very little against the best players in the world and he is probably the best left-arm spinner I've seen. He and [Daniel] Vettori are very close. [Shakib] spins the ball a lot more and as far as street-smarts go, he is the same as Vettori, I reckon.

''I've got a long memory so I remember all these things from when I was on tour with the [Australian] boys. We just think we can hold them up a bit with our left-arm spinners and make some inroads into their batting order.''

Bangladesh had a disappointing World Cup: they were eliminated from Group B after winning only three league matches, though one of those victories was against England. Siddons' contract as Bangladesh coach is up for renewal in June but in the event it is not renewed he said he would accept a position at Cricket Australia's Centre of Excellence.

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Posted by Ananth on (April 7, 2011, 12:33 GMT)

Bangladesh are an ordinary team, they don't have the bowling to trouble a batsman of Clarke's stature. The coach should learn to walk softly and carry a big stick.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 6, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

what i don't get is the under 19 team of bangladesh is usually very good and consistent.. but when it comes to the real thing, they just fail miserably..

Posted by Ananth on (April 6, 2011, 8:35 GMT)

Clarke must be spending sleepless nights.

Posted by Syed Awad on (April 6, 2011, 1:13 GMT)

By 'targeting' I hope he doesnt mean stone pelting.

Posted by Andy on (April 5, 2011, 13:34 GMT)

I agree with asarker, dont understand why the negativity towards BD cricket. As an Australian I love watching BD play because of their aggressive strokeplay (Tamim Iqbal ftw!!!). Australia should win comfortably but i guarantee BD will push them and i expect will win one game (or come very close).

The fact that they lost 10 players to ICL in 2008 and didn't fall apart is a testimony to the growing depth in BD cricket

Posted by Risad on (April 5, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

@ mrgupta .... we have defeated Australia before .... in England .... and nw ... we r gonna do it again in our home ground ... in front of our home crowd .... i'll speak to u after our win .... i'll then see .... wat u hav to say .....

Posted by rahul on (April 5, 2011, 12:34 GMT)

To all bangalees,coach,players and captain...stop talking nonsense.try to show something in the ground..i feel sympathy on bangaldes cricket board because after each big defeats they are still at the same level..stil they want to talk more not in gound...atleast try to learn from top ranked nations..one of the banglees says bangalees avg age is 23..thats the fact..but i dont think even if u get another 5-10 yrs also u will be same stage....remember my word... bangladesh is the only county not improved after getting so many chances among the below average list(ireland,afgan,canada,kenya are better than bangladesh(why icc cannot see these bangalees dirty and poor performances..... ICC should remove test status of bangla..give to ireland or afgan...

Posted by Khandaker Soyeb on (April 5, 2011, 10:12 GMT)

We all know Bangladesh is still an improving side. We have to give them to play as a unique team and support mentally. The negative comments that all the aussie chokers are giving is really is of no use. I hope Bangladesh will pay back those comments and it will be great really. You will be a great nation if you respect other nations too. We know you are a great cricketing nation but as a nation you are all mean. Try to be good in attitude and then you will see how respects for you increases in the mind of the peaople in other nation. Do all those Aussie chokers know that a lof Bangladeshi public Support team Australia. So the comments actually reflects to those Aussie chokers and hypocrets.

Posted by Satish on (April 5, 2011, 9:11 GMT)

Most of the Bangla fans on Cricinfo have this annoying habit of shooting their mouths off and Siddons is just living up to that reputation.Even before the WC started, they declared their team as quarterfinalists even though they stood no realistic chance of making it.They were expected to upset one of the test playing nations, which they did.But anything beyond that was wishful thinking.Comparing the 1996 Sri Lankan Team and the current Bangla team is a little laughable.Sri Lanka had an excellent domestic cricket framework in place and had several world class players right through the 80s and 90s.Only Shakib , Mortaza and to an extent Tamim Iqbal are anywhere near to being called world class. Bangladesh need to go back to Associate Cricket for a few more years and sweat it out with the rest before they can even think of calling themselves world beaters.

Posted by Vikram on (April 5, 2011, 7:20 GMT)

Well people if you had read my earlier post clearly,i have told that Ireland can be a better test team than Bangladesh in 2 years time .So we are talking about the future,not the present.And from all these years watching Bangladesh play,one has to say there has been zero improvement when it comes to test matches and moreover people saying they have beaten australia,india,england,nz,one has to take note that this happens once in a blue moon.This world cup is an eyeopener to everyone to show where Bangladesh stands in world cricket today.Getting bowled out for 50 odd and 70 odd doesn't speak much value of this team.Beat Australia at least once,and you guys have my respect.It may well be a new era if Bangladesh manages to beat Australia :-)

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