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Bangladesh-Australia Series

Wade aware of Shakib threat


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The Australians' weakness against the spinning ball was highlighted by spin combo Hayden Walsh and Fabian Allen during their T20 series loss to the West Indies last month, and they will now face a Tigers side led by Shakib Al Hasan, one of the game's greatest-ever all-rounders.

The southpaw’s vast experience at the international level and in the Indian Premier League, combined with the likelihood of turning surfaces at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium hosting five games in a week, sees him present the biggest danger. Aussie skipper Matthew Wade is very much aware of this dangerous campaigner.

The tenacious Shakib claimed 10 wickets and struck a critical 84 on a spicy pitch in Bangladesh's historic maiden Test victory over the men in Baggy Green the previous time Australia played in Dhaka.

"We're certainly aware of what he can do. He was pretty impressive in the Test match here in 2017. He's a tricky customer … he can turn the ball around and hit the shiny side and try to get you lbw, or turn the seam over and try to get your outside edge” Wade told cricket.com.au on Monday

"Depending on what the wickets do we'll have to work out what we do with him. He's certainly a vital part of their team,”

The 34-year-old is the No.2 ranked allrounder in T20Is, No.1 in ODIs and the only man to be ranked among the top five all-rounders in all three formats.

"He's also pretty impressive with the bat – he strikes at a high average. He'll be a key wicket when he bats" Wade said of his one-time Melbourne Renegades teammate Shakib.