Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Australians arrive in Darwin for Bangladesh series

The Australian Cricket team has touched down in Darwin ahead of its three one-day matches against Bangladesh.

The series opener is this Saturday at Mararra Stadium.Despite captain Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden being ruled out of the series through injury and Brett Lee through personal circumstances, the side is still confident of winning the series 3-0.But swing bowler Nathan Bracken says the home side is also well aware their minnow opponents are capable of staging an upset.

"They've done it before so, yeah, we've got to go out and play well," he said.

"We're off a break, we're I guess under a bit of pressure and it's up to these guys now ... it's up to us to put our hands up and perform well and basically if they play good cricket we have to match it."

Bracken admits the loss of Lee from the series puts him under more pressure, but he says the Darwin humidity should result in extra swing.

"The Australian A team said it swung up here a bit early in the morning," he said.

"So hopefully it we get the chance to bowl early we can utilise that and it would actually give me more of a chance to get a few early wickets and hopefully just bowl well."The World one-day champions will take on the Australian Institute of Sport side tomorrow.

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