Update February 19, 2015

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Bangladesh Vs Australia match at the mercy of Brisbane weather

Sumel Sarker

Bangladesh Vs Australia match hampered due to upcoming cyclone, Marcia

Bangladesh Vs Australia match hampered due to upcoming cyclone, Marcia.

19 February 2015, Nirapad News: Australia could unleash pace quartet Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins on Bangladesh in Brisbane on Saturday but wicket keeper Brad Haddin admits they are at the mercy of Tropical Cyclone Marcia.

The Gabba ground is bracing itself for the cyclone to make its forecast way down the Queensland coast, with the anticipated ensuing deluge of rain already putting the match in peril.

In a worrying build-up, the Australian team has been forced to hold training sessions indoors while the storm has left the four-time world champions scratching their heads over the potential make-up of their team.

“All the weather has done has delayed the naming of the team,” Haddin said on Thursday.

“We are not sure what we are going to get when we pull the covers up.”

The Australian wicketkeeper said they could not afford to be caught off guard by a Bangladesh side boasting world No.1 all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

Especially if it is limited to the unpredictable Twenty20 format – the minimum number of overs allowed for a rain-hit match at the World Cup tournament.

A forecast of 80 per cent chance of rain with thunderstorms is on for Saturday, putting the game at risk of being washed-out. While this may dampen some spirits, it is a good chance for Bangladesh to salvage two valuable points from a devastating Aussie side, without doing any heavy lifting.

However, if the game is abadoned, then Michael Clarke, who was scheduled to play in this game, will have to wait till the third game against New Zealand to finally play. The two points would put Tigers at a total of six, and make their qualification into the next phase much more likely. So instead of hoping for a miracle against the Aussies, perhaps the touring players should do a rain-dance in their next training session.

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