Wisden CricInfo staff
Khaled Mashud, the Bangladesh wicketkeeper, had a thumb shattered by Brett Lee as Australia drubbed Bangladesh in the first one-dayer on Saturday. Mashud has been ruled out of the next two games in the three-match one-day series.
Lee produced fiery pace, even though he claimed he was not aiming for exceptional speed. Lee (4-25) and Gillespie (3-23) had too much pace and guile for the inexperienced tourists, who never threatened to make a competitive score. Lee, although well short of the 160-km-per-hour (99- mile) an hour pace he achieved earlier this year, was pleased with his form. "It's a pretty good wicket, it had some bounce and carry and it was a pleasure to bowl on," he said. "It felt like the rhythm was there and it felt like it all came together at once. I wasn't even trying to bowl fast, I was trying to get my action nice and high and get the ball through to wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist."
Dav Whatmore, Bangladesh's coach, had high praise for the quality of Lee's bowling. "We saw some magnificent pace bowling," he said. "It was quite exceptional." He agreed Bangladesh faced a challenge in regrouping for the second one-day encounter at Cairns on Sunday. "If we can weather that storm (Lee's opening assault) and have a few of our batters intact, we've got a chance of posting a reasonably competitive total," he said.