- Bangladesh sit ninth on the Test table, but they have recorded historic maiden Test victories over both England and Sri Lanka in the last 12 months, while Australia have lost their past four series in Asia, losing 11 of 13 Tests with just one win.
- Their last series victory came in Michael Clarke’s first series as Test captain, when they beat Sri Lanka 1-0 across three Tests in August 2011.
- However, Australia did snap a nine-Test losing streak in Asia with a shock victory over India in Pune in February and were competitive throughout that series in a 2-1 loss.Australia risk an embarrassing slide down the Test rankings if they are unable to conquer Bangladesh in the upcoming two-match series.They will tumble to No.6 if Bangladesh win both the games during the two-Test series that starts on August 27.
- The prospect of sitting above only Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe would hardly instil confidence ahead of the Ashes.Bangladesh, who defeated England at home in 2016, are no longer the hapless easy-beats that Jason Gillespie memorably mauled during his unbeaten double century in Chittagong some 11 years ago.It will be Australia’s first outing since the bitter pay saga came to a head, partly because of players’ refusal to tour Bangladesh without an agreement.Meanwhile, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has thrown down the gauntlet to Australia, vowing to fight fire with fire.Australia have not played a Test in Bangladesh since Jason Gillespie scored a double-century as nightwatchman in 2006.
- Should Bangladesh claim a series win and West Indies lose to England, Mushfiqur’s team will move into eighth place in the Test rankings.