The Bangladesh National Test Cricket team returns to action this week for the first time since the Tigers’ historic March 19 defeat of Sri Lanka in the 100th Test played by Bangladesh since the country was granted Test status in 2000. But this time, the opponent is the world’s third-ranked Test side and perennial cricket powerhouse Australia, who will be playing Test matches in Bangladesh for only the second time ever — and the first time since 2006.
Australia visited Bangladesh for a limited-overs series in 2011, but has not returned to take on the Tigers on their home turf in any cricket format in the last six years. But the two nations have squared off in cricket’s longest and most prestigious format only four times, with Australia sweeping all four matches. The last Test series between the two nations in Bangladesh came more than 11 years ago, in April of 2006.
In fact, Bangladesh has won only nine of their 100 Test matches since their debut in the format in November of 2000, when they visited India and dropped a single match by nine wickets.
But coming off their ninth win when they defeated Sri Lanka in March by four wickets, a contest that was also their first away victory against a major Test nation, the Tigers hope to solidify their place among the elite Test teams by taking least one of their two matches against Australia — and on Sunday, they released the final makeup of their 14-man squad.