Bangladesh has played test matches and series with 9 different countries. We are opening up the stories against all the nations, today the story is all about Australia vs Bangladesh and the tour of tigers in Kangaroo land.
Bangladesh has toured 1 time only in Australia when Aussies toured Bangladesh for 2 times. Bangladesh got the chance to tour Australia in 2003. There Bangladesh played 2 test matches. Bangladesh’s test age was then only 3. It was a great achievement for Bangladesh to make a tour of Australia.
We asked Hannan Sarkar, the member of that team about the tour. He said to Daily Sportsbd, ” It was a great feeling actually. We are very much excited to tour there as we heard about their beautiful venues. The legends like Daren Lehman, Hayden , Ponting , Mcgrath, Lee were in their side, personally I wanted to enjoy as much as possible.
Bashar played well, Sujon bowled really tight with low pace. Great feelings actually, no doubt. I was always looked to Waugh brothers, they were impressive you know. In the end of the match Waugh talked to Sujon, I was beside him. Great memory. I was very much overwhelmed that they played very seriously with impact attention and aggression against a team like us. ”
Years ago, Habibul Bashar confessed about that tour in an interview with Daily Sportsbd, ” We all thought about their extra pace and bounce. If you look at their bowling line up, Lee often bowled over 145-150 kmph. Mcgrath, Gillespie were tremendous. But Macgill did very well and made 15 or more wickets may be. We strangely faced problems with the spin. Some supporters came and it was really great feeling. It was proved that spin can be vital in Australia too. The fantastic tour really, I think every member of the Bangladesh team will have to remember that tour till death. ”
1st test match against Australia:
The match was placed in Darwin. It was 18th July. In the first innings, Bangladesh was able to made a score of 97 runs when Ashraful scored 23 runs and Khaled Mahmud Sujon scored 21 runs. Australia took a lead by scoring 407/7 and Bangladesh got all out for 178 in the 2nd chance. Habibul Bashar scored 54 and Al Sahriar scored 36 runs. Australia won by an innings and 178 runs. Mashrafee got 3 wickets when Alok Kapali took a wicket. From the Australian side Mcgrath, Bret Lee took 3 wickets with the 5 wickets haul og Macgill and Gillespie got 2 wickets
2nd test match in Australia:
This field was little bit short in Cairns. The day was 25th july. Bangladesh batted first and scored 295 runs with the score of Hannan Sarkar’s 76, Habibul Bashar’s 46 runs. Sanwar scored 46 runs, Tapash scored 25 as well. Macgill again took 5 wickets. in reply Australia scored 556/4. Hayden and Ponting just crossed 50 where Lehman and SR Waugh scored over 150 both. Sanwar took 2 wickets and Mash,Tapash took 1 individually. In the second innings, Bangladesh made 163 runs. Hannan sarkar scored again a fifty and Bashar picked 25 runs. Gillespie took 4 and Macgill made it 10 wicket match hail for another 5.
Steve Davis , David Shephred , Rudi were the umpires from Australia, South Africa and England.
Bangladesh all time legend Captain Mashrafee Mortaza told in a gossip that he was looking with charm that how they can bowl so well and Lehman’s batting was with no mistake.
After that tour, Bangladesh could not get a chance to tour Australia for a complete series against them. Bangladesh Played in Australia again 2015 world cup and made them reach to Quarterfinal. A warmed talked match against India finished the tiger’s world cup run but from that world cup, Bangladesh won the judgment on behalf of them that they can do well as well outside the subcontinent.