Bangladesh’s batting has improved by leaps and bounds but their bowling department still needs work if they are to compete with the best teams, according to former Australia cricketer Michael Hussey.
While speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Hussey highly praised Bangladesh’s batting, especially the way they tried to handle the chase of 382 against Australia in a World Cup encounter on Friday.
“I have to tip my hat to Bangladesh and the way they [almost] chased down the huge target. They never gave in till the end and certainly at various stages, the Australians were a little bit worried,” Hussey said.
While the Tigers’ batsmen have notched three 300-plus totals in the ongoing tournament, their bowling department have conceded 300-pluss runs in four of five matches. After Friday’s match, Hussey was of the opinion that the difference between the two sides was their bowling.
“I think if you compare the two, Bangladesh’s batting has improved so much that it almost equalled Australia. But I feel the difference between the two teams was in the bowling department,” he opined.
“If Bangladesh really focus on the bowling aspect and improve in the next few years, maybe even find a few nice mystery spinners and someone with a bit of pace, then I really believe they can rise in world rankings.”