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Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim believes that Bangladesh can use the home advantage to their benefit when Australia tours them for a two-match Test series later this month. He also stated that it if they execute their plans well, it is not impossible for his team to beat Steve Smith and Co.
"To be honest, if we can play our best cricket, we can beat any team in the world because we have that ability. If we can use the home conditions and play to our potential, I don't think it is impossible to beat Australia," said the wicket-keeper.
He also declared that Bangladesh will not shy away from playing the aggressive brand of cricket that Australia are known for and will answer fire with fire.
"We have always heard that Australia play aggressive cricket. We are ready to play against them with an aggressive mindset," he said in an interview with Cricbuzz.
Talking about Bangladesh's recent rise in world cricket, he said, "When England arrived, no one counted on us or believed that we can be competitive against them, let alone win."
"We have that -belief in us and now we have to play good cricket for five days," he added, sounding proud and self-assured.
In case you didn't know...
Australia are set to tour Bangladesh for a Test series after a decade later this month. It will be the Kangaroos' first international series after the resolution of the long-drawn CA-ACA dispute.
It will also be Bangladesh's first series after their maiden Champions Trophy campaign in June, where they made it to the semi-final of the tournament.
Rahim has been one of the pillars of Bangladeshi cricket in the last decade. He has seen his team rise from the rags to the riches, and has a contributed to the transition himself.
He stated that it was necessary for the other team to perform badly for Bangaldesh to win Test matches before. However, he believes that the scene is not the same anymore and that on their good day, Bangladesh can defeat any team in the world with nothing but their own talent.
He added that the biggest challenge that he and his players face in Test cricket is that they get to play very little of the format. He expressed happiness over Australia touring the country and stated that the team has been preparing very well.
This will be an important series for both Australia and Bangladesh, but for different reasons.
Australia will look to get back on their feet after the remuneration fiasco and will look to make a statement to the world before the impeding Ashes that are to follow soon after the series.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, have a to make a statement of their own. Rahim's men will look to prove that they aren't minnows anymore and can compete with (and win against) the biggest teams in world cricket now.
Self belief will be vital for the Bangladesh team going into the series and Rahim has done well in infusing confidence in his players and his team.
It will be a big series for the hosts and they would hope to make it count. As far as the regular cricket fan goes, he would hope that it produces good cricket and is well contested from both sides.Published 08 Aug 2017, 11:38 IST