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cricman
February 12, 2006, 11:20 PM
On the face of it, Bangladesh's first foray into Australia as a fully fledged Test nation was a disaster: both Tests were lost by an innings, and all three one-day internationals by wide margins. Their one-day performances were indeed disappointing, but some encouraging signs of added application did emerge from the Tests and the warm-up games.

It was evident that the ministrations of Dav Whatmore, the Australian in his first major outing as Bangladesh's coach after parting company with Sri Lanka (whom he coached to World Cup success in 1996), were having some effect. Nerves took hold on the first day of the first Test, when Bangladesh were shot out for 97; apart from that, the batsmen performed above expectations, especially on the first day of the second Test on what was expected to be a spiteful pitch.

Bangladesh unearthed a potential batting star in the young opener Hannan Sarkar, who collected two wristy, watchful half-centuries in the Second Test at Cairns. He was surely one of the batsmen Steve Waugh had in mind during that match when he said that the Australians had encountered batting in recent Tests - from Pakistan and West Indies - that was worse than Bangladesh's efforts. That said, there was a shortage of runs from the middle order. Habibul Bashar batted well, if in his customary over-adventurous style, but Mohammad Ashraful was one of several slightly-built players who found the tall Australian fast bowlers' bounce hard to negotiate. And the much touted Alok Kapali, himself a wrist-spinner, could make little of the legspin of Stuart MacGill, whose 17 wickets as a stand-in for the banned Shane Warne brought him the Man-of-the-Series award.

The Australians, most of whom had been inactive for two months since their Caribbean tour, were rusty at first. The openers were unusually subdued, but Darren Lehmann and Martin Love took the chance to boost their averages. And then there was Waugh himself: he pushed his Test average back above 50 with an unbeaten century at Darwin, which meant he had scored a hundred against all nine Test opponents, then went one better at Cairns by extending that record to 150 or more against all-comers.

The experiment of playing in Australia's Top End - at Darwin in the Northern Territory and Cairns in far-north Queensland - during their winter was a success from every point of view except attendance. The weather was perfect and the facilities first-class, but local support was disappointing, with the first days of both Tests attracting only around 6,000 spectators.

Cricinfo (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/bdeshvaus/content/story/236185.html)

Look how times have changed

BappyHayat
February 12, 2006, 11:51 PM
I can clearly remember that series...Hannan Sarkar...what a series he had...hope he will return soon

Tigers_eye
February 13, 2006, 03:22 PM
Hannan's return is very unlikely. With the series of LBW's in the first ball without offering any shot has finished his career. We have more capable openners now.

Umar
February 13, 2006, 04:35 PM
We actually dont need for Hannan.....Because Shahreer is more capeable then Hannan. Look at those Matches he played against Australia in NETWEST series. I like Shahrer's Style and Strokes rather Than Hannan.

Everytime hannan Plays,....I feel like thats it! he is gone ! I mean He is Shaky too me ! But With Shahreer Nafees...U can Rely on him. Thats a Positive sign.

mshakir56
February 13, 2006, 08:10 PM
Thats true, Shahreer is a lot better than Hannan