Mike Hussey warns the Australians of a tough test in Bangladesh

Mike Hussey warns the Australians of a tough test in Bangladesh

Bangladesh, who were considered as nothing but an underdog at one point of time has grown significantly in the Test format as well.

Mike Hussey
Michael Hussey. (Photo by Chris Hyde – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

The Australians are set to face Bangladesh in a two-match Test series that will commence from the 27 of August. Steve Smith and his men are already in the country to start their preparations for the tour. After a gap of 11 long years, the Kangaroos will meet the Tigers in the longest format of the game. However, the quality of cricket in Bangladesh has changed drastically in this time period.

The men in red and green have emerged to become a tough nut to crack in the limited over games after their success in the 2015 ICC World Cup and the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. While they reached the quarter final stage int he 2015 World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand, their Champions Trophy campaign in 2017 saw them step into the semi finals.

The team which was considered as nothing but an underdog at one point of time has grown significantly in the Test format as well. They are no longer the so-called ‘underdogs’ in the world of cricket but a force to deal with. Their Test wins over England and Sri Lanka last year are a proof of their recent development.

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Australian batting legend Mike Hussey believes that the visit to Bangladesh will not be a cakewalk for the Australians. Hussey expects it to be a tough Test for the Smiths and the Warners. According to Hussey, the recent Bangladesh squad is oozing with confidence and they are very good in their home conditions.

“It’ll be a good series, a really challenging series for Australia. Bangladesh play their conditions well and they’ve improved a lot,” Hussey said.

“They’ve got a lot more belief now. They have been challenging some of the best teams around the world.” added Hussey.

“If you believe you can compete and win, that’s half the battle in international cricket. For many years I don’t think they really had that belief.” he said.

“And they’ve got players in their squad now who have been around for long periods of time, so they understand their own games a lot better,” Hussey concluded.