For the first time since 2006, Australia will tour Bangladesh in October.
The tour begins on October 3, with a practice match against the BCB XI in Fatullah. The first Test is played on October 9-13 at Chittagong. Four days later, the second Test will be played at Dhaka. The tour acts as a warm-up for the home summer against New Zealand and West Indies.
Once the minnows of world cricket, Bangladesh have improved massively, making the ICC World Cup quarter-finals earlier this year. They backed it up with ODI series wins against Pakistan, India and South Africa. Hopefully they will be equally competitive against Australia.
While Australia won the 2006 series 2-0, the Tigers nearly upset Australia in the first Test.
Scoring a respectable 427 batting first, Bangladesh lead by 158 in the first innings and set Australia 306. Ricky Ponting’s unbeaten century gave Australia a three wicket win.
The second Test was all Australia. After dismissing Bangladesh for 148, nightwatchman Jason Gillespie scored an unbeaten double century as Australia declared 4/581. Bangladesh scored 304 in their second innings, with Shane Warne taking five wickets. It was a memorable farewell for Gillespie, who had struggled in the 2005 Ashes. Australia also won the ODI series 3-0.