Dhaka - Bangladesh have set their sights on winning both
upcoming Tests against Australia and should get some inside knowledge from
former Aussie leg spinner Stuart MacGill, according to coach Chandika
MacGill is close to joining another Australian, Mark
O'Neill, on the Bangladesh backroom staff for the tour by the world number
Australia are due to arrive on August 18 for their first
Test series in Bangladesh since 2006, if a pay dispute between their players
and Cricket Australia is resolved in time.
The two Tests will be followed by a Bangladesh tour of South
Africa for two Tests and three one-day internationals in September-October.
Bangladesh are looking to build on a year in which they
recorded their maiden Test wins over England and Sri Lanka, before reaching the
Champions Trophy semi-final in June.
"We have made some progress in Test cricket. Now we
have the game-plan of winning in the sub-continent. We want to win the two
Tests against Australia," Hathurusingha said.
Bangladesh already have former West Indies paceman Courtney Walsh
as fast bowling coach. Former Western Australia and New South Wales all-rounder
O'Neill has joined as batting consultant and MacGill is set to follow.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has not confirmed the
appointment of MacGill, who took 208 wickets in 44 Tests for Australia. But
Hathurusingha insisted he would stay for at least the Australia and South
"MacGill is here for three months to see, and if he is
happy and the players are benefiting, it will be long-term," said
"We didn't have a spin bowling coach since (Ruwan)
Kalpage left us. We need that help, as that's a specialised area," he
"Working, for me, is easier because all these guys are
good coaches and they know what they are doing."
The first Test against Australia is at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla
National Stadium from August 27. The second starts in Chittagong on September
Australia were to play two Tests in Bangladesh in October
2015 but the tour was cancelled after a wave of attacks by Islamist extremists
in the Muslim-majority nation.