Australia planning to nullify Shakib threat, says Carey

NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom Australia

wicketkeeper Alex Carey says the defending champions will target Bangladesh

dangerman Shakib Al Hasan when the two sides meet at Trent Bridge on

Thursday.

Shakib's brilliant century helped the Tigers complete the secondhighest

World Cup chase in a sevenwicket win over the West Indies in Taunton on

Monday.

The 32yearold allrounder, who is the tournament's leading runscorer

with 384 runs, also hit a century against England earlier in the tournament

and has been among the wickets.

When Bangladesh beat Australia in a 2005 oneday international in Cardiff,

it was widely regarded as one of the biggest upsets in cricket history.

But they are now an established force and, having beaten both South Africa

and the West Indies already at this tournament, they are pushing for a semi

final berth.

We've obviously put our time into Shakib and all the players at the top

of the order as well as their bowling, Carey said on Wednesday.

He's in probably careerbest form with the white ball. So we sort of know

the areas and line and length we want to bowl to him and I guess out there

we'll assess the conditions as well.

We leave that up to the bowlers and the captain to do that, but he's one

guy we want to get out early.

Australia, despite a defeat by India, appear to be well on course for a

semifinal berth, with four wins from their five matches in the 10team

roundrobin phase so far.

But wicketkeeperbatsman Carey said there was still room for improvement

from the defending champions.

We obviously like to take wickets up front, there have been times we

probably would have liked to finish off innings with the bat, he said.

Although we're getting results, we're still striving hard to try to find

that perfect game and put a full 50 or 100 overs together. But the guys are

working really hard and we're aware of the areas to keep improving.

Allrounder Marcus Stoinis could return at Trent Bridge on Thursday after

missing Australia's past two matches with a side strain.

It will be great to have Stoinis to come back into the side, said Carey.

And I know he's worked really hard off the ground to be ready to go, and

he's smacking the ball in the net. It will be exciting to get him back out

there.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)