Desperate Australia cautious against Tigers


Australia are desperate to make their mark in the ICC World Twenty20 tournament though they are not taking anything for granted against Bangladesh in today’s match.
Australia lost their opening game against New Zealand and a further slip can spoil their dream of playing in the semi-finals as they are pitted in a strong group in Super-10 phase.
Top two teams of the Group B, consists of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand and Australia, will qualify for the semi-finals and according to Australian skipper Steven Smith they have to pull up their socks immediately.
‘It’s a tough group and there are some very good sides in our group,’ Smith told reporters.
‘Obviously we didn’t start as well as we would have liked the other night against New Zealand.
‘It’s in the past now. We know what we need to do now – we need to win every game we play if we want to win the World Cup.
‘It’s about turning it around quickly tomorrow [tonight]. We have got a good opportunity to come out here and hopefully put on a good performance,’ he added.
Bangladesh team suffered a huge blow as ICC banned two of their premier bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat sunny for suspect bowling action but Smith refused to believe that they will make a cake walk against the Tigers.
‘They’ve still got some quality bowlers in their line-up,’ said Smith.
‘We don’t take any side lightly. For us it’s about making sure we do what we do well and what we can control. If we do that, hopefully we will have some success tomorrow.’
The Australian skipper praised Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusinghe, who was a coach of Smith’s local team New South Wales, for the recent success of Bangladesh.
Hathurusinghe worked with the Australian ‘A’ team before joining the Tigers and had worked in different capacity that includes his stint with New South Wales apart from taking the job of Sydney Thunders in Big Bash.
‘He was a good influence on me when he was with New South Wales,’ said Smith.
‘I think he reads the game really well, he understands batting really well, he was really good in the time he had at New South Wales.
‘He’s obviously done well to get an international job with Bangladesh and he’s had a bit of success since he has been there, which is great,’ said the Australian captain.
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