IN THE FRAME: Marcus Stoinis could get the nod to play for Australia in the vital Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh.
IN THE FRAME: Marcus Stoinis could get the nod to play for Australia in the vital Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh. Ross Setford

Smith says Aussies must win big against Bangladesh

AUSTRALIA has to beat Bangladesh handsomely on Monday to stay in the Champions Trophy hunt after Friday's wash-out with New Zealand.

Steve Smith is treating the game at The Oval as a final.

The rain saved his team against New Zealand after a poor bowling effort and a batting collapse.

The Aussies were 3-53 when rain ended play, chasing a reduced target of 235.

If the No.6-ranked Bangladesh wins, Australia will need to beat England in its final group match and hope other results go its way to progress to the semi-finals.

"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 too many, well, a washout, really, or a loss.

"Obviously we've got to win the next game and probably quite well as well."

Bangladesh showed their batting strength by posting 6-305 against England with opener Tamim Iqbal scoring a century in a 166-run third-wicket partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim.

However, the pair's dismissal in successive balls led to the side surrendering a position of real strength to score 6-305 - a total that was chased down by the hosts with 16 balls to spare.

The make-up of the Australian side could change with The Oval pitch not helpful to bowlers.

Mitchell Starc or Pat Cummins could missed out after struggling against New Zealand, with all-rounder Marcus Stoinis a likely replacement.

Big-hitting Chris Lynn also comes into the equation.

News Corp Australia


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