Australia have avoided returning home winless in the world T20 cup as they salvaged a solitary victory over tournament hosts Bangladesh in Dhaka.
The win was purely a consolation to what was an otherwise disappointing campaign, as the pre-tournament favourites failed to live up to large expectations.
Australia strangely opted for pace over spin leaving out young James Muirhead and veteran Brad Hogg in favour of Nathan Coulter-Nile. Whilst questions were raised over the Australian teams selection, it paid off as Coulter-Nile picked up two early wickets in a brilliant opening spell of 2-17 off 3.
Despite some middle order resistance from Shakib Al Hasan (66) and Mushfiqur Rahim (47) the Aussies managed to restrict Bangladesh to the solid total of 153/5 with Shane Watson, Doug Bollinger and Mitchell Starc all picking up a wicket apiece.
The Aussies replied with a blistering opening stand as Aaron Finch (71) and David Warner (48) showed their capabilities as they took apart Bangladesh's attack with ease. Australia have struggled with the bat this tournament as the big hitting Glenn Maxwell has been the only player to live up the hefty expectations of the powerful Australian batting order.
However, the win will go in vain as they reflect on a tournament in which sloppy fielding, expensive bowling, poor shot selection and questionable team inclusions have ultimately continued their poor run as an international T20 side.
Captain George Bailey's future must also be questioned as Australia struggle to excel in big tournaments under his leadership which also seems to hamper his own form. Steve Smith may become a possible candidate for the job as he has matured and nailed down a position in the Australian test team after a string of good performances.
His versatility in the shorter format may also be off benefit to the Australians as Bailey often looked one dimensional when at the crease. Smith has had success as captain the shortest format of the game, as he guided the Sydney Sixes to Big Bash and Champions League trophies.
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