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1 August, 2021 05:56:29 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 1 August, 2021 05:58:07 PM
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Bangladesh won't be intimidated by Australia's pace, insists Domingo

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Bangladesh won't be intimidated by Australia's pace, insists Domingo
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Russell Domingo, the Bangladesh head coach, has insisted that his team won't be intimidated by the presence of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood in the opposition ranks in the upcoming five-match T20I series against Australia scheduled at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium from August 3.

Bangladesh and Australia began their preparations at the SBNS on Sunday (August 1) after completing their mandatory three-day room quarantine in the hotel.

"Mitchell Starc and Hazlewood are quality bowlers and we have looked at some of their footage. But at the end of the day you will play the ball not the man. End of the day they are humans and will bowl some bad balls. We got to play with a clear mind and absolute clarity that we have got to put away the bad balls," Domingo said."We know that Australia has a rich history of cricket but the history that has been created by the group of Australians are not here at the moment. For us to compete and win the series we have to be at the top of our game. As a coach I am confident that if we can do the basics really well, we can push Australia and beat them here. I don't think psychologically it's a massive issue," he said.

Bangladesh have played Australia only once in a T20I at home, way back in 2014 when they lost by seven wickets in a T20 World Cup match. This will also be their first bilateral T20I series against Australia - their four head-to-head encounters so far have all been in T20 World Cups, with Bangladesh losing all games.

"I don't know how many series Bangladesh have played against Australia before. Speaking to these boys not many of them played a proper series against them. We are coming here wanting to win the series and there is no doubt about it, and we are not coming up just to compete. We want to make sure we give Australia a good go and at the end of the day we are going to try and win the series," he said.

Domingo added that he was surprised with the way Cricket Australia handled the Mushfiqur Rahim issue. Cricket Australia and BCB had agreed on extensive pandemic protocols, including a 10-day quarantine. Rahim opted out of the Zimbabwe series to be with his parents, as a result of which he couldn't be part of the quarantine. BCB requested CA to reduce the quarantine period but the latter refused to concede.

"I can't understand the stringent rules Australia placed on Mushfiqur's bubble. I think 10 days would have surely been enough. It's very disappointing the way they went about it," said Domingo, adding that his absence will provide a big opportunity to the youngsters.

"Trying to find out our best combination and playing against Australia will give us that opportunity. There are two ways to look at it. Trying to find out our best combination and keep developing some of the younger players. Secondly Bangladesh don't play Australia too often. So this is a big series for us and we are really determined to do well in it," said Domingo.

"But look, we want to play against the best team in the world and it's an opportunity for one or two younger players or fringe players to come and play, and I am sure they are capable of it. No Mushfiqur is surely a loss for us but we have got a big squad and some quality players to replace him.

Bangladesh haven't had the best of results in the T20 format this year, losing all three games against New Zealand while they managed a 2-1 series win against Zimbabwe. "We know we have to improve and that's obvious but there is a process and we haven't played many T20 over the last one year. The T20 series against New Zealand was disappointing but we played really well against Zimbabwe and we are confident that we can get some positives going into the series," Domingo said.

The coach also said he is not losing any sleep despite the two regular openers - Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das - set to miss the series. He said Shakib Al Hasan could play at the top of the order if needed, partnering Naim Sheikh, as Soumya Sarkar is having an injury concern.

"Firstly there is no major injury concern. Soumya Sarkar is recovering from a mild strain that is carrying from Zimbabwe but I am pretty confident that he will be fit," said Domingo. "We have got a long batting order. Obviously Shakib is there and he could move into the opening spot while Mithun is a middle-order batsman and he can bat at the top as well."

The five T20Is are scheduled for August 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9 at the SBNS, with all matches set to begin at 6:00 PM local time.

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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