Bangladesh began their first series against Australia in any format with a 3-0 win, continuing a difficult few weeks for Australia. Bangladesh proceeded to register the series success for the first time against Australia in any format.
The Aussies may have won the third T20I in Dhaka, but the Bangladeshi bowlers have played well in the conditions. They defended 128 in a tight contest in Dhaka.
Australia has failed to chase 128 runs in T20Is, the lowest total they have ever set. In the first T20I of the series, they could not chase 131, which was the previous lowest target.
The T20I series has been miserable for Australia, and their preparation for the T20 World Cup could not be worse.
As for the T20 World Cup preparations, Australia did win the final T20I, but this series should serve as an eye-opener.
Australia has struggled in T20Is due to three significant factors:
Throughout the T20I series, Australia’s depth has been exposed due to the Covid restrictions. With their plethora of slower deliveries and cutters, the Bangladeshis trapped them in a maze on slow, sluggish tracks, showing their inexperience.
As well as this, they were also unable to rotate the strike or break free with big strokes during their series against West Indies due to their inability to read spinners.
Hopefully, things will be better when the experience returns. Both series have challenged Australian management.
Playing spinners is impossible.
The Achilles heel for Australia has been this for a long time now. If they want to do well in the World Cup held on similar surfaces in the UAE, they need to look at their resources and use them based on their strengths and weaknesses.
Maxwell, Finch, and Warner must be fired.
Australia has players with the power to dominate spinners, but David Warner, Aaron Finch, and Glenn Maxwell have been injured in the last two series.
These teams have performed terribly in T20I cricket, losing all five of their matches last year. Different issues constantly loom over their heads, from England to India, New Zealand, the West Indies to Bangladesh.
There have been 19 games in these series that the side has only won five matches.