Watch Live Bangladesh v Australia 1st ODI on Sat Apr 9 2011 at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur here. Australia take on Bangladesh in the first ODI of the three-match series at Dhaka on April 9. Australia go into this series after being knocked out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals whereas Bangladesh did not make it to the quarters either.
Australia have had a struggle in the recent past, so much so that Ricky Ponting has finally given up on his captaincy and is a part of the series as a pure batsman. Michael Clarke takes over as the captain even as the vice captaincy falls in the lap of Shane Watson.
Bangladesh will know that the Australian side is currently in a period of transition. They have themselves made some changes but none have been as drastic as the removal of Ponting. They will welcome the return of Mashrafe Mortaza who should lead the bowling even as Shafiul Islam will look to partner him at the other end.
Australia will look to Watson and Cameron White to be able to get them going in the game even as the likes of Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson and John Hastings will look to try and restrict the opponents.
Tamim Iqbal will be the player to look out for Bangladesh.