Australia will play Bangladesh in a two test match series at Chittagong and Dhaka in October later this year. The two sides will meet in a test series for the first time since 2006, the series which was remembered for the famous double hundred by Jason Gillespie. The tour is set for a narrow window in between Australia’s tour of England which would conclude on September 13 with limited overs cricket and the series at Home against New Zealand which would begin on November 5.
The test series would only be the third one amongst the two nations, the previous ones being in Australia in 2003 and in Bangladesh in 2006. Both of them were won by the Aussies. Bangladesh at that time were finding their feet in test cricket and played the highest form of the game to try and compete. Their record today stands 7 wins out of the 93 games they played. The victories have come only against Zimbabwe and a second string West Indies in the Caribbean.
The series this time around may really be different. Bangladesh cricket is indeed on a high. Recent one day success against the big boys from Pakistan, India and even South Africa, has given the side the confidence and team combination to play some refreshing brand of cricket even in the longer format of the game.
Australian side has changed drastically since their last meeting with Bangladesh, they have successfully gone through a transition phase to almost regain their ‘world dominating’ tag, but are however experiencing difficult scenarios in the Ashes series in England.
Australia’s Tour of Bangladesh
Oct 3-5: Warm-up match v BCB XI, Fatullah (Khan Shaheb Ali Osmani Stadium)
Oct 9-13: First Test v Bangladesh, Chittagong (Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium)
Oct 17-21: Second Test v Bangladesh, Dhaka (Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium)