Deano warns Tigers will be tough to tame
DON’T worry about the scare from Ireland, Bangladesh are the minnows who could rock Australia’s cricketing world this summer.
Australia heads to Bangladesh for a two-Test series in October and the Tigers’ recent form must set off a warning siren to Australia to hit the selection room bullseye in a way they failed to do in the Ashes.
Bangladesh have recently beaten India, South Africa and Pakistan in 50-over series at home and drawn rain-marred Test series with India and South Africa.
They are no one’s idea of a major world force but, without question, they can be feisty on their own soil.
“That is a major worry for me, that whole tour,’’ said former Test batsman turned commentator Dean Jones, who has made more than 130 trips to the Indian subcontinent.
“They won’t be easy. If we did happen to get banged up in that series entering the summer it could be unsettling, particularly if New Zealand play well against us first up at home.
“You have to play a little bit out of the box. If your opening bowlers cannot bowl reverse swing over there you would not pick them. I would also pick three spinners.
“Their new coach (former Sri Lankan batsman Chandika) Hathurusingha has done a terrific job with them.
“Somehow they are starting to gel. Mind you, it has taken a long time but they have pushed India and South Africa and beaten Pakistan.
“They had not been winning at home. We have been waiting for it.’’
Australia’s bowling attack is likely to be heavily spin centric with left-armers Ashton Agar and Steve O’Keefe chances of supporting Nathan Lyon.
Australia have not toured Bangladesh for a Test series since 2005 when they narrowly avoided a shock loss with a team including Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting.