Cricket news; Australia loses T20 series 4-1 to Bangladesh


A 14-day stint in quarantine less than two months from the T20 World Cup after winning two out of 10 matches overseas isn’t ideal preparation.

Stand-in captain Matthew Wade conceded there were “not many” positives after Australia slumped to its lowest T20 score in the final match of a horror 4-1 series loss to Bangladesh.

Rounding out the lowest-scoring T20 series ever, the strange-looking Aussie batting line-up, with Dan Christian opening, had no answer to the home team’s bowling on what Wade called the “most challenging pitches I have played on” and were all out for just 62.

Australia had never lost a T20 to Bangladesh before the tour and lost four of five games in Dhaka.

It was Australia’s eighth loss from 10 T20s across tours to the West Indies and Bangladesh, and for those who went, with stars like Pat Cummins and David Warner opting not to tour, they may consider it was no sort of preparation for October’s World Cup.

Between the two teams, Australia and Bangladesh compiled just 1120 runs across the five games, which was far less than the previous lowest aggregate in five-game campaign, the 1594-run series between South Africa and West Indies earlier this year.

Australia’s innings lasted just 13.4 overs, the shortest international innings in any format in their 144-year history. A single six from batsman Ben McDermott was the only boundary the Australians could manage on a low night in the team’s recent history.

“Tonight was not good enough for an Australian cricket team regardless of the personnel we‘ve got here,” Wade said.

“I’ve played for a few years now, certainly the toughest conditions to play T20 cricket in,” said a disappointed Wade after the game.

“Obviously, there is not a lot of positives out of it to take, the fashion we get beaten, especially tonight.

“The biggest positives probably are the way our bowlers bowled, especially our spinners bowled on this wicket, in these condition that’s something we have asked our spinners.

“Over the five games and in the West Indies they were terrific in condition that suited spinners. I think that was a real positive.

“I can look back and say I have learnt a lot in Bangladesh. I have played a lot of international cricket. It’s certainly the most challenging Twenty20 pitches that I have ever played on.

“They are the positives to take, although there’s obviously not many.”

Australia lost 8-24 in 38 balls in a horrible batting display. Veteran Bangladesh veteran Shakib Al Hasan took 4-9 to run through the tourists.

A 14-day stint in quarantine awaits the players on their return, hardly an ideal scenario less than two months out from the World Cup, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates.

There are no more officially scheduled T20s for Australia before the World Cup, and first-choice players, including Warner and Cummins, haven‘t played a T20I since last year.

Their Indian Premier League outings were also sliced in half when the tournament was called off in April.

But Wade, who took over the captaincy from Aaron Finch when he left the West Indies tour after suffering a knee injury, said he wasn’t concerned if the players didn’t get any matches together.

“It‘s not vital that we all play a game together before the World Cup, we’ve all played plenty of cricket together,” he said.

“The exposure some of our younger players got to these conditions was obviously a positive going forward.

“The way Mitchell Marsh played here and in the West Indies was a huge step forward in his international career.”

Marsh made 156 runs in the five games in Bangladesh, with the next best return 57 from McDermott.

Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood took the most wickets (8), while rookie Nathan Ellis took five, including a hat-trick, in his two games, with 12 wickets coming from Australian spinners.

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