Bangladesh threatens to bring down Australia in the Test rankings
Australia will look to avoid a defeat at the hands of spirited Bangladesh unit.
Published - Aug 8, 2017 6:06 pm | Updated - Aug 8, 2017 11:29 pm
The upcoming Two-match Test match series between Australia and Bangladesh will be an important assignment for both the sides. For Bangladesh, this will be an opportunity to continue the good run at home and beating a strong Australian side will help them establish themselves in the cricketing map very strongly.
For Australia, the stakes are pretty high, considering the fact that they will move down to as low as number six if the host manages to win both the Tests and provide a clean sweep. Bangladesh defeated Australia’s rival England last year in a Test match, and it isn’t too far from possible to repeat a similar feat.
Here is how rankings will affect
If Bangladesh wins the series 2-0: Bangladesh will climb from 9 to 8th slot, Australia will stoop from No. 5 to 7th position.
“It’ll be hard and I don’t think they believe it will be anything but hard,” former Australia skipper Ian Chappell said. “Not so much because of the pay dispute, it’ll be hard because the conditions there are difficult and in the last 12-18 months Bangladesh have really improved.” This will be a difficult tour.”
This will be Australia’s first outing in whites since losing to India about four months back. The pay dispute issue has also created a lot of uncalled mess around, but the players are expected to make a case for themselves when they take the ground.
“It obviously took a bit longer than both parties would want. Certainly, as a coach, you wanted it sorted a bit quicker,” coach Darren Lehmann told radio station Triple M, when asked about the dispute. “It was a little bit frosty, wasn’t it? But they’ll certainly get back together. “Now the challenge for us is to play some bloody good cricket … and entertain the fans, get the fans back on side” he added” Mitchell Swepson and Jackson Bird will join the squad for the pre-tour training camp later this week. The 2-Test match series will begin from August 27.