• A burgeoning sense of self-belief has powered Bangladesh’s recent rise, with the hosts no longer intimidated by Australia, reports Smith’s side depart on Friday for a two-Test Qantas tour of Bangladesh that starts on August 27.
  • It is already clear they will encounter a far more determined, resilient and talented outfit than the team that became trivia night fodder in 2006 when nightwatchman Jason Gillespie scored an unbeaten double century.Bangladesh have recorded maiden Test wins over Sri Lanka and England during the past year.There have also been some impressive performances in the shorter formats, including a semi-final berth in the Champions Trophy.Mike Hussey, who shared a 320-run stand with Gillespie in the match that went down in folklore, believes Bangladesh will be a tricky proposition on turning tracks.
  • Bangladesh play their conditions well and they’ve improved a lot,” Hussey said.
  • “They’ve got a lot more belief now.
  • They have been challenging some of the best teams around the world.

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