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Aussies ready for Bangladesh at T20 Cup

Australian legspinner Adam Zampa reckons things will be different this time against Bangladesh in a do-or-die clash at the Twenty20 World Cup.

Last time, in August in Dhaka, the Bangladeshis thumped Australia 4-1 in a T20 series.

But, Zampa says, there’s important caveats to that series result.

“The wicket in Dhaka for that series was probably one of the worst international wickets that we have come up against, particularly in my time in the Australian cricket team,” Zampa said.

“Bangladesh would walk off with 115 runs against their names and you would be like ‘how are we going to get this?’.”

Zampa said conditions in Dubai on Thursday when the nations meet again will be different.

“I don’t think we will see a wicket that bad over here,” he said.

“Obviously our team is a looking a little bit different at the moment, we have got some ball speed which we didn’t have over there (in Bangladesh) as well.

“So things will be different.

“But we are pretty wary of what they are able to do though, they have some good young players and obviously some great experience of guys like Shakib (al Hassan) who can win a game off his own bat.

“It’s going to be a big game … this game will be a bit of a different look to those games in Dhaka.”

To advance into the knockout phase of the cup, Australia must defeat Bangladesh and then, on Saturday, down the West Indies – who beat the Aussies 4-1 in a T20 series last July.

“We had a really tough couple of series against West Indies and Bangladesh but I think we are very much concentrating on this Bangladesh game now,” Zampa said.

“We will use whatever intel we can get from those last two series but they are two pretty big games (coming up).”

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