New-look Oz ‘vulnerable’ against Tigers


Australia chief selector Rod Marsh says the new-look Test side is certainly 'vulnerable' to a defeat at the hand of Bangladesh, given how inexperienced the 15-man touring party for the two-Test series is.

The Aussies lost five senior players to retirement in the past two months, and will be led by new captain Steve Smith in his first full overseas tour. Aside from that, there are a host of players who have less than 10 caps, if any.

Marsh said on the CA website: "Are we vulnerable? Yeah, we are if we don't play well. We're always vulnerable if we don't play well. And that’s the thing that we've got to come to grips with constantly.

"If you have a look at our record away from home, it’s not great, it’s not great at all.

"But having said that, Australia has only won three Tests in England over the last 10 years, and two of them were this year, so if you want to grab a positive from a poor result, then that’s about as good as I can do.

"But it is amazing how few Test matches we win away from home, so we'll take any wins – against Zimbabwe, against Bangladesh, against West Indies, we'll take them all.

"And that’s what good sides do – they've got to win, and win away from home.

"And we've got to prove that we're a good side, again. We were a good side, but are we a good side now? Well, we've got to prove that we are, and that means winning."

One decision Marsh and company had to make was about Smith's vice-captain, given David Warner will miss the tour through injury. The pickings were slim, but they went with Shield veteran Adam Voges.

Marsh added: "It was a very tough decision to make. We've got a lot of people that have played very few Test matches.

"The fact that Voges has captained Western Australia, the fact that we're playing in Bangladesh – it is quite possible to wake up in the morning and not be able to play if you've caught something.

"If Steven Smith did get crook, it would have been very tough to have anyone else captain the side but Voges.

"He’s had a lot of experience at captaincy, he’s got a cool head, and I think he'll be an excellent vice-captain for Steven on his first tour of duty away from home as captain of the Australian Test team."