ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Australia vs Bangladesh 5th match

Steve Smith admits Australia are now treating every game as a final as they look to kick-start their Champions Trophy campaign against Bangladesh on Monday.

ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Australia vs Bangladesh 5th match

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Australia’s opening game of the tournament on Friday was rained off with Smith’s men on 53-3 in pursuit of a target of 235 in 33 overs against New Zealand.

As a result, the teams took a point apiece, meaning Group A leaders England now only need one win from their remaining two group games to progress to the semi-finals after they began the tournament with an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh.

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Smith acknowledged his team now have no margin for error against Bangladesh and England if they are to advance to the knockout stages.

“It’s obviously not ideal for both sides to have a washout. So for us now it’s just about making sure that we’re playing each game like a final and winning the next two,” Smith said.

“It’s a pretty quick tournament. So you can’t really afford a washout or a loss. You’ve got to turn it around quickly now and control what you can control.”

While Australia will be expected to take maximum points against Bangladesh at The Oval, history suggests Smith’s side shouldn’t underestimate their opponents.

Australia were the victims of one of the all-time great upsets when Bangladesh beat them by five wickets in a one-day international in Cardiff in 2005.

Josh Hazlewood took six wickets against New Zealand, but fellow quicks Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins managed just one wicket between them, though Smith refused to reveal whether he would make changes to the line-up to face the Tigers.

“I thought it was probably one of the worst bowling displays that we’ve put on for a very long time,” he said.

“We’re going to be trying to win the game. So whatever team we see fit for the next match against Bangladesh at The Oval, we’ll look at the conditions there and see what sort of wicket we get.

“Obviously we’ve got to win the next game and probably quite well as well. So we’ll look at that when we get there.”

Bangladesh lost the tournament’s opening match to England at the same venue on Thursday, despite a century from Tamim Iqbal, and cannot afford a second defeat.

Captain Mashrafe Mortaza has beaten Australia before on these shores, though, as part of the team which pulled off one of the most unexpected results in sporting history – Bangladesh’s five-wicket win over the multiple world champions at Cardiff in 2005.

The veteran seamer said: “Cardiff is 12 years back and obviously tomorrow is a new day, but it has been a good memory for us. All I can remember (about it) is (I got) Adam Gilchrist out.”

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