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Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey has admitted that Bangladesh earned their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy after emerging from an extremely tough group.
Put in the same group as Australia, New Zealand and hosts England, not many people believed Bangladesh had a chance of progressing to the last four.
After losing their opening game to England, the rain Gods gave Bangladesh some good fortune as their match against Australia was washed out.
Going up against New Zealand in their final group stage game, Bangladesh came from being down and out at 33/4 to winning the match by five wickets courtesy of hundreds from Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah.
With Australia losing their must-win game against England on Saturday, Bangladesh’s road to the semi-finals was confirmed.
Bangladesh will take on India for a place in the final on Thursday.
“Well obviously they are a well deserved side to reach the semi-final,” Hussey told the Dhaka Tribune. “And I must say they have improved a lot. I think they have some very talented players like Shakib al Hasan, Tamim iqbal, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim.
“I think these cricketers have been playing cricket for a long time together and they gel around pretty well. And at the same time, I must say their experience have worked out well for the team. They now play as a unit with some very talented youngsters in the side, making them a very good side.”
Meanwhile, Hussey also expressed his disappointment towards Australia’s performance in the tournament.
Australia’s first two games against New Zealand and Bangladesh were washed out before they suffered the aforementioned loss to England.
“What to say, I am a bit frustrated. Obviously Australia are out of the tournament. But yes, I am happy to see Bangladesh’s progress,” he added. “There is no chance of not improving if you have a coach like [Chandika] Hathurusingha.”