Fresh from their tour of the Caribbean, the Australians now get another opportunity to test combinations, try out new players and weed out laggards. The problem is that they will have to do all that over five matches played in a short window of just seven days.
The series marks the first-ever bilateral T20I series between these sides. They have clashed in the format four times before but all were fragment matches played in World Cups. It’s needless to say that the Aussies won them all.
However, there is a great need to add that the current Australian side is a shadow of its former self and could be in trouble under tricky Bangladeshi conditions, if not careful.
Aaron Finch is out injured, which means that Matthew Wade will have to be the stand-in skipper again. The bowling unit still has its old spark but with so many matches coming in so fast, their potency, too, could take a hit.
One man who could be expected to play a prominent role is Mitchell Marsh, who was one of the few players who did well in the 4-1 mauling at the hands of the Windies recently.
The hosts will be disappointed that Mushfiqur Rahim, one of their best players, will not be a part of the series on account of having failed to meet the Covid protocols set by the two boards.
Also missing will be stylish batsman Tamim Iqbal, who is still nursing a knee injury. In their absence, Shakibal Hasan will be the main hope for a Bangladesh side that is coming off a 2-1 T20I series win over Zimbabwe.
The veteran allrounder will hope to be assisted by Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah. Mustafizur Rahman is also expected to play a part in the series.
Another man expected to do well is Shamim Hossain, 20, who had several impressive cameos in Zimbabwe.