Bangladesh v Australia , World T20, Group 2, Mirpur April 1, 2014

Australia breeze to consolation win

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Australia 158 for 3 (Finch 71, Warner 48) beat Bangladesh 153 for 5 (Shakib 66, Mushfiqur 47) by seven wickets
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Crowe - Australia efficient against poor bowling

If the destructive power brought to bear by Aaron Finch and David Warner allowed Australia to evade the ignominy of their worst-ever global tournament display, then it also underlined why the sometime favourites will fly home with an especially bitter memory of the 2014 World Twenty20.

Finch and Warner alone possess enough pyrotechnics to dominate a match - as Bangladesh discovered in a chase that consigned the hosts to the ignominy of failing to win a single fixture in the main draw. So for the Australians to be leaving the tournament at such an early stage will be the cause of some introspection by the captain George Bailey, the coach Darren Lehmann and the selectors. To avoid going home without winning any of four games was the most modest of rewards.

It remains to be seen whether Bailey will continue as the specialist T20 captain, having guided Australia through two tournament campaigns for diminishing returns. He ended Australia's tournament with a hollow-feeling six as Finch and Warner swung lustily but intelligently, but looked nonplussed at times in the field as Bangladesh wriggled to a higher total than a more ruthless and balanced Australian combination might have conceded.

Equally glum were Brad Hodge and Brad Hogg, the two most venerable members of Australia's squad, left out for the final match and unlikely to figure in future assignments. Both Hodge and Hogg might have been utilised differently in the team, something that Shane Warne certainly felt preferable, suggesting on commentary that the former could have been used at No. 3 throughout.

Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim had prospered through the middle overs against a fairly monotone collection of medium pace and above, while Glenn Maxwell's spin was not in the class of that in the armoury of Hogg and James Muirhead, also left out of this match, or numerous others sitting at home, including the Test spinner Nathan Lyon.

The omission of both specialist spin bowlers chosen for the tournament seemed a kind of concession that Australia's slow bowling plans had been awry, with the use of five seamers a rare curiosity in a tournament where all the most accomplished teams have relied on quality exhibitions of flight, dip and turn. Mitchell Starc looked underdone, as he has appeared all tournament, while Doug Bollinger huffed and puffed to little effect.

The best of the pacemen was the third string Nathan Coulter-Nile, who gained some new ball swing for a pair of early wickets, before maintaining his economy for the remainder of a spell that strangely went uncompleted. Instead, Shakib and Mushfiqur accumulated soundly against bowling that did not offer much in the way of a threat, while speckled with five wides and two no balls.

Granted 153 to defend, Bangladesh bounced onto the field in expectation, but soon found themselves being smashed around Mirpur by Warner and Finch. This was the kind of display many had expected to see earlier in the tournament, when Pakistan, West Indies and India all escaped unharmed from their encounters with Australia's opening pair.

Warner skied an early half-chance that fell short and essayed one other reverse hoick but otherwise clattered the ball in sensible areas. Both he and Finch sat on the back foot to the spinners and capitalised on any shortness of length, before climbing out to swing sixes when the bowlers tried to compensate.

By the time Sohag Gazi coaxed a thick edge behind from Finch the match was well on the way to being over. Kumar Dharmasena did not see the deflection and shook his head, leading to a sequence of verbal conflict between Warner and Mushfiqur. Warner's departure the following over drew a send-off from Al-Amin Hossain, but like Australia's eventual victory, it was sound and fury signifying nothing.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Ammo666 on April 4, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu: don't try to lift your team SL unnecessary just because BD lost all ODI & T20 matches against SL this year as this guy A.Awal was jus saying BD whitewashed NZ but out of nowhere where you & your SL coming here that's funny! & let me tell you one thing that SL was extremely LUCKY to win those matches against BD this year or else SL would lose at least 3 in a row but luck won't help you always mind it! what do you mean by BD loses to associates consistently just losing two matches in a short time against Afg & HK that means consistent to you?? those two loss against Afg & HK was a real upset...don't compare BD with the associates forcefully BD is enough superior than all of them...!

  • Dhutugemunu on April 3, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    @ A.Awal; 1. BD is the team which was get whitewashed the most (22 tournaments where 3+ ODIs were played). They got whitewashed by SL recently at home. Is that the success?

    2. Yes. Loosing against HK and Afg is a part of Cricket. But BD looses consistently to associate nations. In ODIs - 11, T20Is - 5. Both are the records by a large margin for Test Nations.

    3. What is the BD success? Getting hammered by Associate nations consistently and winning a game against a Top Cricketing nations once in a blue moon? Good for you.

  • Steven_Scott on April 3, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    @ScottStevo: Interesting this, criticism of Indian overseas performance coming from an Aussie. Had it been from a South African, we could have swallowed it, since they have played exceptionally well abroad. But Aussies, forgot the 4-0 in India and 3-0 hammering in England? Add to that a winless Champions Trophy (which by the way was played in England which happens to be out of India and was won by India) and this shambolic t20 campaign, Aussies are as bad, if not worse than subcontinent teams when it comes to overseas performances. South Africa and Australia are half the globe apart but very very similar in terms of conditions- the proof being that Australia win in South Africa as much as South Africa win in Australia. So it is like India winning in Sri Lanka- overseas, but not exactly different conditions. Glass houses and throwing stones? Better cricket knowledge can perhaps help better commenting

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 2, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    The way Robiul Islam bowled and took 6 wickets in Zim test , he would have been the best pace baller choice for Bd in this t20 wc, was he not recovered yet ???

  • ScottStevo on April 2, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    @Gautum N Shenoy, it's just nice to see India winning anything when they're not in India. I can hardly remember the last time it occurred? Has it ever? I wish them luck, as they'll need it. The last time they played South Africa in limited overs cricket it was like watching lambs to the slaughter. I could hardly watch such was the mutilation. But, fortunately for them, the pitches are nice, dead and ridiculously slow (the only way their batsmen can take it) so their little boys mightn't be diving off the pitch like that last time. It was also a shame watching India only manage to stay #1 in test cricket for that little time. With all their money, resources and population, they should have 19 teams dominating cricket, which is why it's so embarrassing that they can't even put XI blokes together to be in the top 2 in tests. Shameful actually. In their last series, they got smashed by NZ, a nation with 4.5 million against 1.2billion. It's worse than shameful, it's humiliating.

  • on April 2, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Well done Australia on winning a game no one expected them to and going away with a win, which levels them with Netherlands in this tournament. It has been a heart warming sight to see them win a game against their fancied opponents, and having won a rare victory in the subcontinent, they will go home with pride. Upsets such as these are good for the game of cricket. Bangladesh has some serious retrospection to do after losing a game against the minnows of t20 cricket.

  • Ammo666 on April 2, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    @Albert_campell: its you also kept talking so much about BD's only 14 yrs like many others so 100 years will hurt as its true:) BD is much superior than the associates they are not even so close to BD... & obviously BD's Shakib must be in this list as Shakib is world class & a genuine all rounder who ranked even No.1 all rounder in the world & the names you mentioned no one is a genuine all rounder except D.Bravo but anyway fans like you will just hardly learn sportsmanship that's why are disgrace to cricket...

    @ChandimaEranda: are you a opposite gender?? as you wish BD to play in women's WC next time.. will you be also playing there in women's WC seems you would really like to see BD guys playing cricket this close..or what? may be you have real problem so i hope BD players would not have to run out of the stadium as you can be someone different & harmful among 11 female cricket players LOL!!

  • izzidole on April 2, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Though Australia is the number one ranked team in ODI's according to the current world cricket rankings and number two in the world test cricket rankings the T20 game has eluded them for some reason or the other. Australia have won four out of the ten ODI World Cups including three in a row unmatched by any other cricket nation on the planet under different conditions around the world unlike some teams who dominate only in conditions favourable to them in the subcontnent. Ironically they failed to win the only ODI World Cup held in the country in 1993. Come the 2015 ODI cricket World Cup I reckon none of the teams in the subcontinent will stand a chance to make it to the finals on the bouncy wickets in Australia considering their poor record in Australian conditions. I hope their cream of fast bowlers will all be back from injury. I reckon it will be a fight between Australia New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies while the rest of the teams will have an early exit.

  • A.Awal on April 2, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    @ ChandimaEranda and @Albert_cambell; Hold your horse Guy, Please remember BD white wash NZ last year, Win ODI series againt WI, Win SRL in ODI.Lost against HK and AFG is a part of Cricket. Why you people cant accept BD success? What abount ENG lost against Nederland and WI lost against Ireland???

  • Ammo666 on April 2, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    @MejiMura: fans like you who shows disrespect & finding faults to BD cricket only then BD fans also are forced to show the same but not illogically like IND'n fans & some others...you ppl have no rights degrade other nation unnecessary until & unless they do the same & this rally started from fans like you by making fair cricket unworthy with no real sportsmanship...if you can't wish anything good to this improved BD cricket in any circumstances just stay away no one bothers to welcome fans like some of you here in especially BD cricket threads...losing against Afg & HK will never make BD less superior than all the associates & BD is enough better than current test team ZIM by performance!

    @Fast_Track_Bully: no improvement you saw in BD that's only in your dreams no where else...ask someone to pinch you hard so you get out of this dream & come for real!

  • Ammo666 on April 4, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu: don't try to lift your team SL unnecessary just because BD lost all ODI & T20 matches against SL this year as this guy A.Awal was jus saying BD whitewashed NZ but out of nowhere where you & your SL coming here that's funny! & let me tell you one thing that SL was extremely LUCKY to win those matches against BD this year or else SL would lose at least 3 in a row but luck won't help you always mind it! what do you mean by BD loses to associates consistently just losing two matches in a short time against Afg & HK that means consistent to you?? those two loss against Afg & HK was a real upset...don't compare BD with the associates forcefully BD is enough superior than all of them...!

  • Dhutugemunu on April 3, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    @ A.Awal; 1. BD is the team which was get whitewashed the most (22 tournaments where 3+ ODIs were played). They got whitewashed by SL recently at home. Is that the success?

    2. Yes. Loosing against HK and Afg is a part of Cricket. But BD looses consistently to associate nations. In ODIs - 11, T20Is - 5. Both are the records by a large margin for Test Nations.

    3. What is the BD success? Getting hammered by Associate nations consistently and winning a game against a Top Cricketing nations once in a blue moon? Good for you.

  • Steven_Scott on April 3, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    @ScottStevo: Interesting this, criticism of Indian overseas performance coming from an Aussie. Had it been from a South African, we could have swallowed it, since they have played exceptionally well abroad. But Aussies, forgot the 4-0 in India and 3-0 hammering in England? Add to that a winless Champions Trophy (which by the way was played in England which happens to be out of India and was won by India) and this shambolic t20 campaign, Aussies are as bad, if not worse than subcontinent teams when it comes to overseas performances. South Africa and Australia are half the globe apart but very very similar in terms of conditions- the proof being that Australia win in South Africa as much as South Africa win in Australia. So it is like India winning in Sri Lanka- overseas, but not exactly different conditions. Glass houses and throwing stones? Better cricket knowledge can perhaps help better commenting

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 2, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    The way Robiul Islam bowled and took 6 wickets in Zim test , he would have been the best pace baller choice for Bd in this t20 wc, was he not recovered yet ???

  • ScottStevo on April 2, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    @Gautum N Shenoy, it's just nice to see India winning anything when they're not in India. I can hardly remember the last time it occurred? Has it ever? I wish them luck, as they'll need it. The last time they played South Africa in limited overs cricket it was like watching lambs to the slaughter. I could hardly watch such was the mutilation. But, fortunately for them, the pitches are nice, dead and ridiculously slow (the only way their batsmen can take it) so their little boys mightn't be diving off the pitch like that last time. It was also a shame watching India only manage to stay #1 in test cricket for that little time. With all their money, resources and population, they should have 19 teams dominating cricket, which is why it's so embarrassing that they can't even put XI blokes together to be in the top 2 in tests. Shameful actually. In their last series, they got smashed by NZ, a nation with 4.5 million against 1.2billion. It's worse than shameful, it's humiliating.

  • on April 2, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Well done Australia on winning a game no one expected them to and going away with a win, which levels them with Netherlands in this tournament. It has been a heart warming sight to see them win a game against their fancied opponents, and having won a rare victory in the subcontinent, they will go home with pride. Upsets such as these are good for the game of cricket. Bangladesh has some serious retrospection to do after losing a game against the minnows of t20 cricket.

  • Ammo666 on April 2, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    @Albert_campell: its you also kept talking so much about BD's only 14 yrs like many others so 100 years will hurt as its true:) BD is much superior than the associates they are not even so close to BD... & obviously BD's Shakib must be in this list as Shakib is world class & a genuine all rounder who ranked even No.1 all rounder in the world & the names you mentioned no one is a genuine all rounder except D.Bravo but anyway fans like you will just hardly learn sportsmanship that's why are disgrace to cricket...

    @ChandimaEranda: are you a opposite gender?? as you wish BD to play in women's WC next time.. will you be also playing there in women's WC seems you would really like to see BD guys playing cricket this close..or what? may be you have real problem so i hope BD players would not have to run out of the stadium as you can be someone different & harmful among 11 female cricket players LOL!!

  • izzidole on April 2, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Though Australia is the number one ranked team in ODI's according to the current world cricket rankings and number two in the world test cricket rankings the T20 game has eluded them for some reason or the other. Australia have won four out of the ten ODI World Cups including three in a row unmatched by any other cricket nation on the planet under different conditions around the world unlike some teams who dominate only in conditions favourable to them in the subcontnent. Ironically they failed to win the only ODI World Cup held in the country in 1993. Come the 2015 ODI cricket World Cup I reckon none of the teams in the subcontinent will stand a chance to make it to the finals on the bouncy wickets in Australia considering their poor record in Australian conditions. I hope their cream of fast bowlers will all be back from injury. I reckon it will be a fight between Australia New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies while the rest of the teams will have an early exit.

  • A.Awal on April 2, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    @ ChandimaEranda and @Albert_cambell; Hold your horse Guy, Please remember BD white wash NZ last year, Win ODI series againt WI, Win SRL in ODI.Lost against HK and AFG is a part of Cricket. Why you people cant accept BD success? What abount ENG lost against Nederland and WI lost against Ireland???

  • Ammo666 on April 2, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    @MejiMura: fans like you who shows disrespect & finding faults to BD cricket only then BD fans also are forced to show the same but not illogically like IND'n fans & some others...you ppl have no rights degrade other nation unnecessary until & unless they do the same & this rally started from fans like you by making fair cricket unworthy with no real sportsmanship...if you can't wish anything good to this improved BD cricket in any circumstances just stay away no one bothers to welcome fans like some of you here in especially BD cricket threads...losing against Afg & HK will never make BD less superior than all the associates & BD is enough better than current test team ZIM by performance!

    @Fast_Track_Bully: no improvement you saw in BD that's only in your dreams no where else...ask someone to pinch you hard so you get out of this dream & come for real!

  • ChandimaEranda on April 2, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    BD is the first count who held a world cup and hasn't won single match. This is the time for ICC to take back the full member status from BD. may be ICC can consider them to move to women's World Cup next time.

  • Albert_cambell on April 2, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    BD always bring excuse like BD playing cricket for 14 years ENG, AUS, SA are playing cricket for 100 years for their pathetic performances. But the point is AUS , ENG are not playing with players from 1920s and 1900s. This is a totally different generation of players. Look at the young talents we have from other teams. When you compare BD younstars with Hales,Root,Smith, Warner, De Kock, Miller, Williamson, Guprill, Umar Akmal, Shahzad, Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Kohli, Rohit,Bravo, Powell they stand nowhere. Also dont forget every team started playing T20s at the same time. Even Neth Defeated ENg twice in this format. So there should be no excuses for losing at home. I hope BD fans understand that.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 2, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    @Mad Hatter- re- Finch decion,it was tiniest of feathers that is almost impossible for ump. to pick in such noise.Even Finch hardly felt it.So going by benefit of doubt he made right decion.Have to give cr. to ump. for right call-he was'nt sure.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on April 2, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    After a pathtic series Australians coming with excuse like they never care about T20! lol. Then why they send their first choice players? Some of their players are missing because of injury or bad form. Why don't you send an U19 team if you were not interested? They are very competitive to BD only. On the other hand BD do not have any improvements as their fans claim! T20 is a game in which everyone has a chance. Look at ND, HK and Nepal. All of them performed well and we can see improvement in them. BD need to do a lot of hard work than talk.

  • hulk777 on April 2, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Shame on green track bullies! They can only win on green tracks against a good team.

  • MeijiMura on April 2, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Bangladesh lost all of their games in the Asia Cup including to Afghanistan, a game in which Afghanistan dropped five catches and still won comfortably. Bangladesh then lost to Hong Kong in the qualifying tournament preceding the T20 World Cup before going on to lose all of their matches in the T20 World Cup itself. Playing both tournaments at home was no help to Bangladesh who were just hopeless. Bangladesh showed disrespect to all of their opponents, strutted around like they owned world cricket and yet continued to play appalling cricket losing to all-comers including Afghanistan and Hong Kong who aren't even Test playing countries. Simply put, this tournament was supposed to showcase Bangladesh and Bangladesh cricket to the world and it failed on both counts. In fact all it did was highlight the fact we should have Afghanistan and Hong Kong playing Test cricket too because they beat Bangladesh in Bangladesh whilst the Netherlands were also more competitive than Bangladesh were.

  • jmcilhinney on April 2, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    @mondotv on (April 2, 2014, 2:28 GMT), I doubt that it has anything to do with a shattered team psyche and rather has everything to do with batsman the world over will make their own decision as to whether they feel that they should walk when they know they're out or let the umpire do their job. Your implication that the type and position of the game makes a difference just goes to show how farcical the whole reaction to Broad's actions are. Surely it's either OK to stand your ground or it's not. To imply that it's not as bad to do so in one type of game than it is in another is just adding a whole new layer of subjectivity to something that is already completely subjective. How about we just adhere to the rules of the game in every game?

  • Ammo666 on April 2, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    @kc69: may be you missed Stuart Macgill as he was also a very good legbreak bowler because to me he comes next to Shane Warne:)

  • Ammo666 on April 2, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    @ Legaleagle: what excuse & what claim you are talking about..its some logic but not excuse do you even know that or what.. & let me tell you that now BD can't be ever called better than any superior test side until & unless they don't make the habit of reaching the semis or final often in any tri series or major tournaments... & what did you say below ordinary???? if BD is below ordinary then that simply means PAK & IND are both ordinary but not below ordinary haven't you thought of that before saying?? lol

  • mondotv on April 2, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    For me the biggest omission from this Aussie World Cup squad was Nathan Lyon. You want your best spinner in the team on sub continent wickets and right now, like it or not, that's Lyon. He'd have spun it fast and hard over there and could well have turned some of those close matches.

  • mondotv on April 2, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    @Hatter_Mad - while I agree with your general observation to equate a dead rubber 20/20 match with an Ashes test match with the series in the balance and the match teetering on that decision is long bow to draw. Finch definitely deserves to come under some criticism because it was blatant and it was Bangladesh with the whole of the Aussie batting lineup still in the shed. Seemed an unnecessary and controversial moment, especially as he was then handed the MOM.. and probably points to a shattered team psyche after a disappointing tournament.

  • deep6321 on April 2, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    what a consistent performance by BD throughout the tournament .

  • on April 2, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    No consistency...Al-Amin Hossain gets fined 15% of his match fee for giving David Warner a send- off... David Warner can howl at his opposition & he gets nothing.

  • lovepork on April 2, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    Bangladesh was just pathetic. Not sure why majority of them are anti-India, but that did not help them anyways, played worst than Afghanistan

  • bren19 on April 1, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    It is a shame that Watson did not get a bat - he might have chipped in with 2 or even 3 exciting runs.

  • RTPbetterthanSRT on April 1, 2014, 21:38 GMT

    @Ashokdmightyindian you sound a little bitter over the fact the India still hasn't won a test series in Australia let alone a single test match outside of India in nearly 3 years. I doubt the wickets prepared in the U.A.E will just be for spinners as PAK clearly have some fast bowling talent that they will also want to assist. Hopefully it should be a good series and worth travelling over there to watch. Truth is that the majority of Australians don't care about t20, we care about real cricket instead i.e test match cricket.

  • VivGilchrist on April 1, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, I don't get your point. How the mighty have fallen? Australia have never been a great Mickey Mouse T20 team. However they rank 2nd in Tests and no1 in ODI's. Any chance of of comments on here making sense?

  • on April 1, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Congratulations Australia!! Nah, who am I kidding. We need to make fun of Aussies. Where is Zaltzman when you need him.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 1, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    From now on, BD priority should be how to groom young promising players like Tashkin Ahmed, Taijul Islam , Marshall Ayoub , Mithun Ali , Momenul Haque , Anamul Haque, Arafat Sunny , Mukhter Ali , Nazmul Hossain Roni etc etc . They are farmore talented than old birds like shakib mushy tamim razzak etc , they just need to be trained and when they are ready they will surpass these old players quickly if given chance to play. Its time bcb to look into future , rather than hanging onto old players for current games at hand.

  • on April 1, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    bollinger is very average. the selectors didn't help much in this tournament. cummins misses a contract now also but marsh gets one?!...finch isn't in our test side?!..Australia needs to develop a way to practice for slow pitches.

  • testcricket_lover on April 1, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    @Ashokdmightyindian......Mate you got to be kidding rite.....Do you know that aus won that odi series 2-1 and lost the t20 2-1.......How was it a thrashing mate... Get your facts right before posting here....

  • mirandola on April 1, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    Sad, but Bangladesh are just not up to international cricket; which of course says a lot for Australia, supposedly (like England) one of the three Giants - yet both have been shamed by their pitiful performances here. Look around, there is a mountain of money waiting to be made from international cricket - but very little of it will come from either England or Australia.

  • Dhutugemunu on April 1, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Positive : At least BD scored 153. Negatives : BD lost as usual. Al-Amin Hossain, a new guy who barely played International Cricket (grand total of 14), gave a send off to Warner and got fined.

  • bongodeshi on April 1, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    I think if bd were in group b, they could hv done better....they would hv has an edge over nz, bearing in straight seven odi at home. Against england they won twice in last three encounters and nearly all the matches with sri lanka this season was very close. Group A was tough for them, particularly considering their confidence level was down.

  • Jagger on April 1, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Bailey's captaincy must be under pressure, now. A first innings score of 178 vs the West Indies should have been easily defended.

    @ ScottStevo and others: I said Hodge should have batted at 3 before a ball was bowled and to which you guys strongly disagreed. Now that Shane Warne agrees with me, are you finally willing to jump on board?

    Maxwell, White, Finch, Coulter-Nile are Subcontinent players. Watson, Bailey, Starc, Haddin were disgraceful in this World Cup and that should count at the selection table. I think Boof's idea of keeping the same team on the park needs revisiting with back-to-back-to-back series.

  • on April 1, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Martin Crowe says - "Aussies efficient against awful bowling". Sums it all up for me.

  • Hatter_Mad on April 1, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Interesting that there is no Broad-like hoo-haa over the Finch dismissal ... ah, but Finches don't walk, they fly.

  • kc69 on April 1, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Its funny how people criticize IPL just because their players arent playing, How about BBL, BPL etc which are the leagues that hadn't benefited any players or their teams.Australia need to find a spinner because after Shane Warne I guess Aussies forgot about spin bowling.

  • Ramansilva on April 1, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    It is a shame. Bangla team did not even get to enjoy some crumbs from their own party.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on April 1, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    It's certain that Aussies are gonna receive the same thrashing at the hands of Pak spinners in upcoming UAE tour as they received a year ago. Would be then fun to see the likes of @hummingbird and other poor aussies banging their head and demanding a new coach!!

  • Just42day on April 1, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    So consolation prize for the Ozzie boys beating Bangladesh. The irony of all this; of the 3 bleeding deacons, India stays and England and Oz go home. Minnows rule.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 1, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    It was a decent performance by Bangladesh at least in batting department. Their bowling however is one of the weakest in world cricket. Australia have finally avoided the wooden spoon and will finish one position higher to BD. How have the mighty fallen huh ? LOL.

  • on April 1, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    @Wapuser: I could never figure out which part of the world you come from. And, where do you stand on many issues. There is no consistency or any sort of pattern (sometimes even logic).

    The home countries of most of the others who post with a pseudonym have made comments with some degree of consistency to guess their leanings and help us all to take them with some seriousness, whether you agree with them or not. This comment on your comments is based on many of your comments in the followup readers' posts to many cricnfo write-ups.

  • Warm_Coffee on April 1, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    @legal: I don't know why but you sound like you're a Bangladeshi but strangely a heavily critical one :) but sadly you are right. Bangladesh Cricket is simply poor. Not only we lack talent but the players we do have are unwilling to learn like this year has shown and at times don't show any sort of commitment and lazy.

  • KabsCricki on April 1, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Wow, are aussies still blaming the pitch? And claiming spin bowlers were just meant to be fillers? LOL, you guys always have me rolling on the floor with laughter. I'm thinking Shane Warne will have alot to say about that! Excuses are lame, but stupid excuses are desperate indeed. S.A have always struggled against quality spin and see that as a challenge to be met not complained and squealed at and removed from the game. English cricket also struggles with spin but don't hear them complaining and both those nations didn't have the greatest spin bowler in history(well next to Murali). Sad lot you bunch are.

  • on April 1, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    I really appreciate England & Australia for their sense of social responsiveness; their willingness to live with the down trodden, at least in this tournament. Living in he bottom of he pyramid, as we Management teachers say. Congratulations!

  • StarveTheLizard on April 1, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    On one hand, there are a lot of us Oz fans that will have to pull our heads in a bit. On the other hand I can start being a little bit more productive at work. (At least until September and the UAE tour.)

  • sachin_vvsfan on April 1, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    @yuvi_gladiator You are totally right on @wapuser. He was claiming to be a fan of all nations in different forms(most recently claimed he is from Zim too :) )

    Back to match yes Aus batsmen woke up late and BD have something to gain. 150+ against Aussies isn't bad score, so well played.

  • yuvi_gladiator on April 1, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    @wapuser really confused character is what you are, different opinion on every new thread about the same teams :) .. make peace with life man. a man of his words, definitely not a property that can associated with you i'm afraid.

  • on April 1, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    Really a wonderful article from Brettig. Well put analysis in a match-report.

  • Priyanka_286 on April 1, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    @Sridhar - that wouldn't have made a difference cause mortaza would hardly harm PNG? @Gaurang - yeah agree with you and that's the case with eng as well...

  • wonderstar1 on April 1, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    electric_loco_WAP4 yes the best ever squad in the world in 2009. but I will remind you the results to that wonderful team. they were thrashed by Gayle and Sri Lanka in their and was the first team to exit from the World T20. so much for the great team.

  • OttawaRocks on April 1, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    According to hummingbird's statement, he's implying that Warne was brought on to provide relief to Australian fast bowlers while being innately useless himself. Good to know.

  • OttawaRocks on April 1, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    This result for Bangladesh was respectable, at least respectable for their batsmen. Its a shame they couldn't win one game though. Australia got owned by the better teams this tournament as well.

  • morriarty on April 1, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    i do feel for bailey as he is at the mercy of the top 3 and basically they failed.Warne is right in saying that hodge shouldve batted 3 and white shoulkdve been at 1,2 or 4

    unfortunately the maxwell experiment failed and finch and warner didnt achieve at all

    watson is now toast

    maxwell wouldve been amazing at 6 or 7 it bewilders how they dont see this

    i hope bailey continues as he is an exciting level headed captain unfortuantely having to kow tow to others wills

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 1, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    @Gaurang - The greatest ever t20 outfit ever assembled by any1,anywhere -the Aussie t20 squad in 2009 wc.Just look at that team.Unbeatable!

  • KingOwl on April 1, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Bangladesh has been very poor. Even Netherlands beat a top team and almost came to beating SA. I think Banglas have been so used to giving excuses for their losses that they have not faced up to reality.

  • Protears on April 1, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    I do like the arguments between Indian and Australian fans, on the one hand you got players notoriously poor at playing quality seamers on most decks especially if it has something in it and compounded that in a monumental defeat against NZ. The other notoriously poor at playing spin bowling judged on how Swann and India have pummeled them in the past. I guess the only thing exciting would be if Ashwin could take wickets outside india and Johnson is on form for the india tour, that could be exciting but the likely outcome will be India will get blown away but Johnson like the full moon bowler he is will flop and someone else will do the winning part.

  • on April 1, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    TheBigBoodha You have probably misinterpreted my comments.I am an fan of Aus cricket , watched the event closely & probably feel the same as you are at this moment.But what counts is not complimenting the opposition or Yuvraj Singh's performance.That will just go down as a good gesture by any captain after a loss.What really counts is the end result and this has been a very unlikely result by Australian standards.They may have batted well in 3/4 games but lost it in moments from where they should have triumphed, like letting Akmal brothers, Sammy or Yuvraj get off the hook.It's nothing to do with flat pitches, just that the death bowling of Starc ,Bollinger was not as restrictive as it did in SA recently.Thought Aus would top the group(apart from West Indies),on the contrary they made an early exit.But can't help, that's what T20 is about.A team can control 75% of the game & still lose it in 3/4 overs.

  • on April 1, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Right from its inception Australia have not really invested much into T20 cricket. They often have high quality players that have kept them performing reasonably well nonetheless. That said they don't seem to have ever quite acquired the rhythm or instinct for T20 as a team.

  • on April 1, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    I miss you Mashrafee Mortazaaa, I am sure Aussies would have lost this match if you were in the team. Sorry for all the upsets BD fans

  • runout49 on April 1, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Why blame Bailey ? Very strange comments by Daniel Brettig. What does this mean?. "He ended Australia's tournament with a hollow-feeling six" Did he ask Bailey if he felt hollow ? Bailey is not a selector.He can only work with the team he is given.

  • on April 1, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    feeling sorry for Bangladesh first Asia cup 4=0 now super ten 4=0

  • neanderthal on April 1, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    @Cricmaths123. bang on mate. When you cant play on subcontinent pitches, cant handle spinners, this is what you should do. Beg ICC to ban those pitches. So that the Finchs, Warners of the world can score centuries in flat one dimensional pitches without any turn. Bang on indeed. Any more suggestions? Ban spinners may be? Make Aus and ENG mandatory semi finalists may be?

  • Legaleagle on April 1, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Bangladesh team is full of excuses!! Its a below ordinary side with a big mouth but nothing to show for it.

    Bangladesh have not beaten Pakistan in last 40 matches across all formats. YET, they make a claim as if they are World Champions.

  • on April 1, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    I guess the Aussie batsmen have mastered the art of top edging on bouncy pitches against pace bowlers to score runs. The moment there is lesser bounce and more turn(where some actual skill and footwork is needed) - all those top edges carry straight to the fielders.

  • wonderstar1 on April 1, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    @qazi255 "weak teams like Ind,Pak and SL". we all saw how your great team played against the might of Hong Kong. haha.. Yes as of now you should only play against PNG,bermuda etc etc.. not even teams like Afg,Nepal to not face any further humiliation. later you can think about playing Ind , Pak or sL. @ Electric_loco_wap4 party time for what? trashing you got from India,Pak and WI. hehe. seriously keep on entertaining us even more.

  • on April 1, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Although the pitches are not to my liking, these teams are just playing to their strengths. Is that so wrong, when the rest of the world does that too.

  • GoCho on April 1, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha excellently put! The Aussies were in the toughest pool, were knocked out in 2 games in the last over in a format which is always a bit of a lottery and people say they were humiliated! Agreed they got their team selection wrong and on top of it their in form batsman Steve Smith is being protected for tests and the best bowler Mitch is injured after bowling his heart out for a memorable test series win! And Bailey isnt even making excuses! I just sense the sub-continent team fans are venting the frustration of repeated whitewashes on foreign tours!

  • qazi255 on April 1, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Playing to much matches with weak teams like india , Pakistan and SL , our team BD has lost all of its skills , so BCB should arrange matches with top quality teams to get our strength back

  • S_M_G on April 1, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    qazi255 - Yes with keneya, papua new guinea, Tanzania etc.

  • Iceman29 on April 1, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4: Party time?? for what?? lost all three matches to the heavyweights?? or won a match against the weakest team in the group? lol...pathetic...

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 1, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    @THE.KAS-Warne was 'Bradman' of spin bowling.Greatest that ever was,will be.Reason-he had to bowl on,earn all those pile of wikets on proper,fair pitches that @ each venue had bounce,pace but their character was constant.Not doctored to suit him either!

  • Natesan333 on April 1, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    @joe232 I thought cricket started with a bunch of aristocrats tossing a ball and hitting, because they were bored, should we go back to that?!! Please stop with the excuses and play the game at hand.

  • Cricmaths123 on April 1, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    @hummingbird0 Yes I do agree with you mate. The subcontinent pitches are very poor quality pitches and they are not good for the game. ICC should make a rule that all the pitches used for all ICC events are good quality wickets and the pitches have something for everyone. Spinners should get adequate amount of turn, fast bowlers should get good bounce and carry and batsmen can also make runs. These slow, low, turning pitches should not be used for ICC events as it becomes unfair for teams like NZ, Aus,Eng etc. who usually play in fast, bouncy pitches. These subcontinent pitches are horrible and not good for the game.

  • Malvino on April 1, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    Finch was 41 from 30 when he should have been out caught in the 11th over. He got another 30 in his next 15 deliveries where Cameron White got 18 in his 15 deliveries. If Finch had been given you could realistically expect Oz to have lost 12 runs there as his replacement wouldn't have gained 30 at a 200 strike-rate, and maybe a few more as the batsmen would have allowed themselves more time to settle in the 12th over than the 16th (when he was actually given out).

    Oz would have been expected to win even if Finch had been given, it was a good platform and not much of an ask. On the other hand, they are not immune to pressure and are capable of self destructing (India) or losing the plot and panicking after a better 10 overs than they had today (Pakistan).

    Watto was in next and he's not made it out of single figures this tournament, Christian has never made it out of single figures in a T20 international (6 tries).

    Bring DRS into play! There's already enough luck in T20.

  • champion11111 on April 1, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    @humming bird Common buddy y don't u except it....Australians were simply hammered... Tht's the beauty of the game...u need to adjust nd play differently in diff conditions... Hats off to ur team for winning a series in s.a...u guys played well thr...but were clueless here...infact Australians were pathetic.... Y is it tht whn an Asian team do not perform thn they r flat track bullies nd whn u all fail here thn its all unfair.... Denial of facts will not make u all world beaters....

  • on April 1, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Leave Bangladesh alone guyz they r finding their way they played good cricket before the sri lanka series last 3 months have been rough for them they have good talent and as for Australia they wernt outplayed completely excpt for the india game wishes for both the teams from india lets hope coming games r nail biting ones

  • on April 1, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    @Hummingbird0

    "Cricket is always a game of fast bowlers and the technique of batsmen to handle it."

    Always? ALWAYS??

    Except....you know. When a spinner is bowling, and the batsman is clueless to handle the flight, bounce, spin and variations.

    Just like Grimmet, O'Reilly, Benaud, Mallet, May, and a bloke called Warne have done so famously for Australia. We have produced a few spinners over the years. Some of the best the world has seen.

    Cricket is a game. Sometimes the ball is fast and swings. Sometimes the ball is slow and turns.

    Deal with it! That's kind of how the game is played...

  • balajik1968 on April 1, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    Let us not read too much into this. Until recently Australia played good cricket. Batting wise they have done well except that one meltdown against India. Everyone goes through good and bad phases. Shows the importance of acclimatization, a luxury not available given the amount of cricket being played nowadays.

    Actually, as a cricket fan I am getting bored of so much cricket being played. A few years ago, I would sit up till 2 in the morning to watch Carribean cricket and go to work the next day at 8 AM. Now I just don't bother. It is time the cricketing authorities should take a hard look at the calendar. I am pretty sure there are many who feel the same. There is something called viewer fatigue.

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on April 1, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    @Hummingbird0 :Highest number of wickets in test is by SHANE WARNE!!! Is spinners(SHANE WARNE) worst or are spinners(SHANE WARNE) just fillers or just overrate maintainance player???? Highest odi wicket taker is MURALI....Why couldn't fast bowlers do it???Highest T-20 wicket taker is AJMAL!!! Where are the fast bowlers??? Can you anser this??? You guys are cry-babies and don't have skills and head to bat spin!!! Any answer for this??? Can you answer this??

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 1, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    Aussies showing power of their might.Can feel awe that can be felt around cricket world.Ominous signs.BD were never going to be a match in any case.Imagine if Davy was not unlucky to drag on,game would be over by 13th.Now party time for Aussies back home!

  • Englishmanabroad on April 1, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Surprised that no-one has commented on the Finch (non) wicket. The replay showed a clear deflection, and I refuse to believe that Finch did not know that he had made contact.

    So, although the make a big deal when the opponents don't "walk", (remember the Broad incident), apparently that rule doesn't apply to them.

    I think that this failure on the part of the Umpire, could have cost BD a real chance of an upset, since it happened when Finch was still on ~40, and considering that soon after, BD picked up the wickets of Warner and Maxwell. If Finch had been given out as he should have, there would have been a lot more pressure on the Australians.

  • Hummingbird0 on April 1, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Exactly, same thoughts joe222

  • Ajay_999 on April 1, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    @hHummingBird0 - yeah, spinners are useless and cricket is all about seeing fast bowlers knocking out batsmen playing on a pitch hidden by grass. And you know, only when non-Asian teams win it is called a good, comprehensive win on so called sporting pitches where seam bowlers have all the advantage. I get it know!

  • Assasinator_007 on April 1, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    @ Hummingbird0...sour grapes heyyyyy. Just like fast bowling playing spin bowling is a skill and your teams are lacking it. Just admit and stop fooling yourself.

  • qazi255 on April 1, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    Playing to much matches with weak teams like india , Pakistan and SL , our team BD has lost all of its skills , so BCB should arrange matches with top quality teams to get our strength back

  • Cric_info_pak on April 1, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    so clean sweep for bangladesh ... in there own country ...... see holland is better then u.... if bangladesh got ireland or holland in their group for qualify 100% bangladesh will not even qualify for next round... please ICC take bangladesh test status back how long you have to wait other wise give test status to ireland, holland, nepal , afganistan, unganda , kenya , hong kong , japan, canada , brizal, italy usa , china, etc. trust me even if they play for more then 15 years test match they will win more then this lack of talent nation call bangladesh

  • THE.KAS on April 1, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    @joe232. so you are saying that your bowler Shane Warne was just an ordinary bowler used to give rest to your fast bowlers? :P com on man accept the truth that Aus team has bee out of this tournament bye bye :D

  • TheBigBoodha on April 1, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    George D'souza, have you even been watching the series? Australia played at least reasonably well in 3/4 games. They lost two games by the skin of their teeth. And what excuses were made by the team or management? Can you give me even one quote? Because for the life of me I have not heard even a single one. Bailey thanked the opposition after each game and congratulated the best players, e.g. Yuvraj after the last game. He made no excuses. NONE WHATSOEVER!

    And why go on and on and on about the Faulkner quote? It was hardly a massive insult and nobody else in the team said a thing. And as for Warner saying Australia had the best fast bowlers. You do realise he was talking about test cricket, no? Not one of our test quicks is playing here. NONE!

    Forgive me for the caps, but sometimes comments here appear to be being beamed in from another cosmos, so little relationship to the truth do they have.

  • missionbegins2011 on April 1, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    @BUKHARI53 : Sir, Are you Mudassar Bukhari from Netherlands team?

  • THE.KAS on April 1, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    poor bangla. the only team that lost all the matches in tournament. even a game against associates in qualification matches.

  • Hummingbird0 on April 1, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    Well, subcontinent people can always brag about their players playing well in dust-bowls. But the truth is these kind of pitches are nothing but shameful. Cricket is always a game of fast bowlers and the technique of batsmen to handle it. There lies the beauty. Spinners were introduced only to give rest for the fast men and to control the over-rate.

    Having said that I do have respect for IPL. Because those pitches are flat-tracks. So opportunity are there for batsmen from all country to play fair. But in this T20 world-cup, organizers has laid down turning pitches which was so unfair. If it was the Odi, it can be argued but T20??. Come one guys, where is the fun in it? England, NZ , Aus , all suffered.

    Dust-bowls, turning pitches are killing the game for sure.

  • VinothSam on April 1, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Best of the worst is Australia. That is not weird at all. Well, 2015 WC is in Australia so lets hope for some good action there by the host. Until then see you later Aussies.

  • priceless1 on April 1, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Another royal thrashing for the hosts .it is amazing how all the countries looks their best when playing against BD

  • on April 1, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Bangladesh is a proved associate member not Test Nation.

    Asia Cup 2014. Host Nation: Bangladesh Bangladesh played 4 games and lost all of them Associate ( Afghanistan) played 4 and won 1

    ICC world T20. Host Nation: Bangladesh Bangladesh played 4 games and lost all of them in big margins Associate ( Netherlands ) played 4 and won 1

  • on April 1, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    @ Night_Fury I really agree with what u said that the Australians in Steve Waugh's era were competitors & if they would talk before a tournament, they would prove it.The current batch of Aussies (Warner in particular) just make claims to be Best bowling attack in the world but u can only claim that if you perform well in all conditions.Ponting could have said that after Gillespie & Kasprowicz did bowl well to conquer India in 2004. I was a great fan of Australia, they were known for their fight till the last ball.They could still be favourites in Next year's WC in their own backyard with Johnson & Clarke back in the side but this Team seems to have lost popularity by the way they approached this T20 tournament & giving excuses on their consecutive losses to 3 Top teams in their group.I have never seen such a pathetic Aussie performance in an ICC competition of late.India seem to be favourites on form but yet to be tested by a huge total & SL would be the team to do that.

  • BUKHARI53 on April 1, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Yet another poor show of bowing by Australians. Just 3 overs from the only spinner Maxwell who went for 32 runs without a wicket. Where have Australian spinners gone. Australian selectors must look for genuine spinners in the country for future games to achieve some positive results.

  • wanatawu on April 1, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Aussies have to score 154 for a victory, that is actually a very challenging score.

  • Night_Fury on April 1, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    Even at this score i dont think BD will win. Although i would like BD to win, but they just can't. I was reading some of comments from Aussie and English supporters about the pitches and conditions here. Quite surprising to see that they would just not stop cribbing and complaining. Do we shout when we get overcast and seeming conditions in England or fast an bouncy pithes on Perth? If those are conditions these teams like than we are at home on slow and turning pitches. Why tears in eyes? Atleast we won Champions Trophy in England. I used to like Australian team in Steve Waugh's era with actual brilliant players with Gili as my favourite but right now this Aussie team speaks more and does less. Who on earth says that they dont like other team players. Quite Crazy!!!! I hope our team stays in form for next world cup in Australia. Would be fun.

  • on April 1, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    I see another upset here. Aus wont have the temprement to play a sensible innings. theyll prob come out blazing as normal. go Bangladesh !

  • auzdruck on April 1, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Very well played by shakib. Hope Bangla tigers win this one and crush the aussies. Best wishes from a pak fan

  • Adoh on April 1, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Is McDermit over there at the T20WC? If so, is he telling Starc that full tosses are a good thing?

  • on April 1, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    140-150 will be enough. hope you can field well this time and win it. all the best. aus deserve to be last. common bd

  • BUKHARI53 on April 1, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    As a cricketer myself, I predicted that Australia will win Wt20 this time. I feel sorry and I am sad to see Australia out of the competition. Very disappointing performance on part of Australians. They had 8 world class devastating batsmen and 4 fast bowlers of high repute. What they lacked was surely they did not have world class spinners, needed for these sort of pitches. They relied on their quick bowlers and paid the price. I don't see any good spinner back home who could help them out of this situation in the future competitions. Australia must play with 2 genuine (not part time) spinners in all formats. Best wishers for their future games, being a Pakistani who likes game of Australian players.

  • on April 1, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    I want to see bd wining it from here! Lets show these big3 that we are no less.………^_^ by a pak fan

  • on April 1, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Bd should pace thier innings from here on.

  • on April 1, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Bd go for it! Lets defeate this so called champion's or Big3

  • THE.KAS on April 1, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Lets see what bangal tigers can do in this match :)

  • Protears on April 1, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    The best in the world will at least go home with a win, a month in cricket is a long time it seems.

  • Haleos on April 1, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    When will the bangla team grow up? It OZ all the way I am afraid. Something for them to take home back. Beating a minnow.

  • on April 1, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    heartache ahead!

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  • on April 1, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    heartache ahead!

  • Haleos on April 1, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    When will the bangla team grow up? It OZ all the way I am afraid. Something for them to take home back. Beating a minnow.

  • Protears on April 1, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    The best in the world will at least go home with a win, a month in cricket is a long time it seems.

  • THE.KAS on April 1, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Lets see what bangal tigers can do in this match :)

  • on April 1, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Bd go for it! Lets defeate this so called champion's or Big3

  • on April 1, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Bd should pace thier innings from here on.

  • on April 1, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    I want to see bd wining it from here! Lets show these big3 that we are no less.………^_^ by a pak fan

  • BUKHARI53 on April 1, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    As a cricketer myself, I predicted that Australia will win Wt20 this time. I feel sorry and I am sad to see Australia out of the competition. Very disappointing performance on part of Australians. They had 8 world class devastating batsmen and 4 fast bowlers of high repute. What they lacked was surely they did not have world class spinners, needed for these sort of pitches. They relied on their quick bowlers and paid the price. I don't see any good spinner back home who could help them out of this situation in the future competitions. Australia must play with 2 genuine (not part time) spinners in all formats. Best wishers for their future games, being a Pakistani who likes game of Australian players.

  • on April 1, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    140-150 will be enough. hope you can field well this time and win it. all the best. aus deserve to be last. common bd

  • Adoh on April 1, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Is McDermit over there at the T20WC? If so, is he telling Starc that full tosses are a good thing?