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Aussies too strong for Bangladesh

Australia 254-8 beat Bangladesh 74 by 180 runs

Australia opener Shaun Marsh
Shaun Marsh drives during his first innings for Australia on home soil

Australia made a dominant start to their one-day series against Bangladesh in Darwin with an emphatic 180-run win in the opening match.

Mike Hussey top-scored with 85 and Shaun Marsh made 76 as the home side totalled 254-8 in their 50 overs.

Bangladesh lost early wickets in reply and only three batsmen reached double figures as they were skittled for 74.

Spinner Cameron White cleaned up the tail to finish with 3-5 while debutant paceman Brett Geeves claimed 2-11.

It was exactly the kind of ruthless performance skipper Michael Clarke and coach Tim Nielsen were looking for after the shock of all-rounder Andrew Symonds being sent home for disciplinary reasons.

Marsh, making his first international appearance at home, and James Hopes (22) gave them a solid start with an opening stand of 56.

And although Clarke, batting at three, fell to slow left-armer Saqibul Hasan for 13, it did not disturb the home side's composure.

On a slow wicket which was not ideal for free-flowing strokeplay, Hussey and Marsh took the score to 161-2 before Marsh's 105-ball innings ended when he was bowled by Abdur Razzak.


Hussey, however, lifted the scoring rate in tandem with his younger brother David, each of them hitting a six as Australia pressed on in the final 10 overs of their innings.

David Hussey was caught by Mashrafe Mortaza off Saqibul for 24, but Mike survived to the final ball of the innings before being bowled by seam bowler Shahadat Hossain.

Bangladesh had only won one of 13 previous one-day games between the two sides and were unable to capitalise on the absence of senior players Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden, Brett Lee and Symonds from the Australian side.

Nathan Bracken and Stuart Clark took the new ball in the absence of Lee, who was given time off because of marital problems, and it only took until the fourth over for Clark to win an lbw decision against Mehrab Hossain, who departed for a duck.

Tamim Iqbal made 21 off 31 balls but was unable to curb his natural aggression, holing out to Geeves when he attempted to square cut a ball from first change Mitchell Johnson.

Our bowlers bowled well and we fielded well also, but we didn't bat well

Mohammad Ashraful

Left-armer Johnson also sent Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful on his way, leg-before for five, and wickets continued to tumble as the tourists were hustled out in just 27.4 overs.

Geeves, from Tasmania, achieved his first success when Dhiman Ghosh edged to the keeper after making only one. In his following over, he removed Raqibul Hasan for 14.

Alok Kapali contributed 12 before he was run out by Clark. White then reeled off the wickets of Razzak, Nazmul Hossain and Shahadat in the space of five deliveries to bring the match to a swift conclusion.

Afterwards Ashraful said: "Our bowlers bowled well and we fielded well also, but we didn't bat well."

Clarke said Australia's total had been "a very good score," adding: "It was hard at the start, there was a little bit of swing.

"Marsh batted fantastic and Mr Cricket [Hussey] was at his best again today."

see also
Symonds kicked out by Australia
29 Aug 08 |  Australia
Hayden to miss Bangladesh series
25 Aug 08 |  Australia
Lee opts out of Bangladesh series
20 Aug 08 |  Australia
Clarke given Aussie skipper role
15 Aug 08 |  Australia
Tait returns to Australia squad
10 Jul 08 |  Cricket
Bangladesh in Australia 2008
20 Aug 08 |  Cricket

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