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Russell Domingo

Bangladesh chasing historic win against 'inexperienced' Australia


Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo says his team will be looking to capitalise on the inexperience of Australia’s squad in their five-match T20I series.

The series shapes as a key chance for both teams to prepare for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, as well as an opportunity for players in each outfit to push for selection at the showpiece event.

That is particularly true for Australia’s youthful squad, which is missing the injured Steve Smith and captain Aaron Finch, alongside stars like Pat Cummins, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell.

Domingo believes that is something Bangladesh can capitalise on as they look to claim a first-ever bilateral series win over the Australians.

"They are missing a couple of key players, and they've obviously got some players here who are trying to get into the World Cup squad so there will be added pressure on those players to perform," Domingo said.

"Hopefully we can exploit that inexperience.

"I'm not sure how many of those boys have actually played T20 cricket in Bangladesh, so it's a new challenge for them as well and we've got to make sure we take advantage of that."

Bangladesh have never won a T20I against Australia, while the closest they have come to a series win against them in any format was the drawn 2017 Test campaign.

A history-making victory so close to the showpiece event would be the perfect boost.

"Obviously, winning is always important," Domingo said. "It's a great opportunity for us to try and win a series against Australia; it will do wonders for our confidence. We also want to try and find our best combination (for the T20 World Cup), and playing against Australia will give us that opportunity."

"Bangladesh doesn't play against Australia that often, so this is a big series for us and we're determined to do well in it."

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