News – As David Warner and Usman Khawaja piled on the runs against Bangladesh, they created a special slice of history.
- Before today, the last time Australia and Bangladesh completed an ODI was all the way back in 2011.
- Bangladesh was supposed to tour Down Under last year for a two-Test series in the Top End in August and September but Cricket Australia (CA) cancelled it, reportedly for financial reasons because it wasn’t going to bring in enough money.
- On Twitter, ESPN Cricinfo journalist Melinda Farrell called it “shameful” Australia has played Bangladesh so few times, saying the Tigers “have been treated very shabbily by CA”.
- “For a lot of people who support the encouragement of every team that plays world cricket it’s been disappointing the only matches of any significance between Bangladesh in Australia have been in Cairns and Darwin (two Tests in 2003).
- It’s understandable why matches between both countries were scarce when Bangladesh was just emerging, but it’s no longer the minnow it was, as Isabelle Westbury of The Telegraphpointed out after a win over South Africa earlier in the World Cup.