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Stuart Law warns Australia not to take Bangladesh lightly

Stuart Law warns Australia not to take Bangladesh lightly
Stuart Law has asked Australian team to guard against complacency when they take on Bangladesh in a two-match Test series which begins in October.
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Former Australian batsman Stuart Law has asked Steven Smith's men to guard against complacency when they take on Bangladesh in a two-match Test series which begins in October.

The Australian team currently is undergoing a transition period with the retirement of senior cricketers like Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Shane Watson, Chris Rogers and Ryan Harris following the recently concluded Ashes series.

Bangladesh on the other hand has been on the rise with One-Day International series victories against Pakistan, India and South Africa in their home soil.

Having coached Bangladesh for nine months following the 2011 World Cup, Law urged Australia to play with a lot of intensity when they take on the Asian team.

"If Bangladesh play anywhere near what they have been in recent times, they will give Australia a real fright," Law told reporters.

"People who are expecting Australia to come here and be the big bully and beat Bangladesh out of the stadium, don't think that's the case.

"Bangladesh will be ready for a fight."

When Australia toured Bangladesh previously in 2006, Habibul Bashar's men gave the visitors a scare in the first Test in Fatullah, losing the game only by three wickets after taking a massive 158-run lead in the first innings.

However, Ricky Ponting led Australia went on to win the second and final Test convincingly in Chittagong, going on to win the series 2-0.

The new-look Australian squad which includes the uncapped duo of Andrew Fekete and Cameron Fekete is expected to arrive in Dhaka on 28th September.

The 46-year-old Law believes that it will be a huge challenge for the inexperienced Australian team to replicate the achievements of the earlier sides and further urged the players to adapt to the conditions quickly.

"Australia are going through rebuilding. It is a different look team," said Law.

"The amount of experience that has left the team recently is a huge hole to fill.

"Understand it will be hot. The ball will turn and another big stepping stone would be to get used to the lifestyle here.

"They have a lot of hurdles to jump over. Bangladesh has to play good cricket. It will be tight."

The current Australian coach Darren Lehmann remains the most successful batsman for Australia against Bangladesh in Tests having scored 287 runs in two games with a highest score of 177.

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