Dhaka - Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza expects their senior
players to play vital roles if they are to topple Australia in the upcoming
The Tigers will host the Aussies for two Test matches, the
first getting underway in Mirpur on 27 August with the second Test scheduled to
start on 4 September in Chittagong.
The 33-year-old Mashrafe, who played the last of his 36
Tests in 2009, feels it is important that Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim
Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah lead the way in the batting department
if they want to beat Australia.
Mashrafe told ESPNcricinfo: "I expect our four senior
players to put a price on their wicket. They must put up a statement in the
middle that the young players can follow.
"Tamim is in the best form of his career. He and Imrul
Kayes can provide a good start. We have Shakib and [Mehidy Hasan] in our spin
"If one of the fast bowlers have a good spell of three
or four wickets, there will be a possibility for us. These will be expected
when the situation arises in the match."
Mashrafe has been part of a national training camp for the
last five weeks to prepare for the Australia series and says he can feel the
players are more confident in the longest format after encouraging results over
the last year.
The Tigers have beaten Sri Lanka (away) and England (home)
over the last 10 months and their ODI skipper is expecting big things from his
countrymen in Test whites.
Mashrafe continued: "More important than winning or
losing is their mentality. I am witnessing in the dressing room that their mind-set
is setting them apart from previous teams, and they are in the making of bigger
things in the next two years.
"It is encouraging enough to think that they will
fight, which is a better expectation than only hoping for a result. This has
also been their best preparation ahead of any Test series."