Aussies make no extra planning for Sakib

Azad Majumder . Nottingham | Published: 00:00, Jun 20,2019

 
 

Australia’s Alex Carey attends a training session at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Wednesday. — AFP photo

In the last four years Australia played against Bangladesh only twice in one-day internationals - both in ICC competitions and both were rained off, respectively in 2015 World Cup and 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.
They also met seldom in other formats, just twice in Tests and once in Twenty20 internationals.
One player to give them some headache in these rare meetings is obviously Sakib al Hasan, who almost single-handedly won a Test against the Aussies at Mirpur with a 10-wicket haul in the match and 84 runs in an innings.
Sakib also troubled the Aussies at the Chinnaswamy in 2016 ICC World Twenty20 with 33 off 25 balls and three wickets in a game that Bangladesh lost by a narrow three-wicket margin.
So there is no wonder they will come up in their game against Bangladesh at Trent Bridge today with a specific game plan against the all-rounder.
After what Sakib has so far done in the tournament scoring highest 384 runs at a staggering average of 128 and picking five vital wickets, they had little choice but to make special plans against the Bangladesh talisman.
An eternal sense of Aussie pride made wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey denying the fact while speaking to press at Trent Bridge but every word he uttered in the formal briefing indicated who they believed as their biggest threat.
‘No extra planning, I don’t think. We normally have our plans going into every game and we assess each player accordingly,’ said Carey.
‘I think he’s in probably career best form with the white ball. So we sort of know the areas and line and length we want to bowl to him and I guess out there we’ll assess the conditions as well.
‘So, yeah, in terms of what we’re going to bowl, we leave that up to the bowlers and the captain to do that, but we’d love to get him out early.’
Sakib aside, the game was expected to be a contest between Bangladesh batsmen and Australia bowlers who will be carrying the hopes of their respective side.
Bangladesh batsmen so far did reasonably well in the tournament except the New Zealand game when they misjudged the wicket to be bowled out for 244.
They were expected to make a similar effort on a Nottingham pitch that is often known as batting paradise.
Australia bowlers, however, have the ability to stop them scoring freely which they did with other oppositions to bail the team below par with the bat.
‘It’s exciting to come up against a team that’s in good form. And I think we’re in really good form as well. So it’s going to be a great game tomorrow [today],’ said Carey.
‘Conditions here normally suit batters. And it’s normally high-scoring events here, which is exciting...and I think for us it’s keep focusing on what we’re doing really well up front with the new ball, [Mitchell] Starc and [Pat] Cummins, and then through the middle… and the back end has been a strength of ours closing out an innings.’

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