Ahead of the series opener versus Australia, Taskin Ahmed stated that he is keen to contribute in the team’s cause courtesy crucial match-winning spells. Debuting in whites against New Zealand, Taskin has played 4 out of 5 Tests Bangladesh has featured since then. If given a chance in the playing XI, this will be his first Test on home soil. Bangladesh will host the first Test at Dhaka from August 27.

“I don’t say that match-winning spell means taking five to seven wickets. I will like to bowl some good overs instead of that. As like, our spinners may take seven wickets and in the middle, I may pick two wickets. I really want to do something for the team that will help the team”, Taskin told reporters at Dhaka.

Taskin also defended under-fire Mustafizur Rahman. The pacer has being off colours in recent times. “We always expect much from Mustafizur (Rahman). He fulfilled the expectations as well. It is true that he was not up to the mark in the last few matches. The greatest bowlers of the world also could not bowl well in two-three matches. We are not worried about that. I hope he will come back strong.”

Taskin was dropped for Bangladesh’s historic 100th Test; which Bangladesh eventually won against Sri Lanka. He was quick to point out that he did not enjoy bowling in the island nation, but is eagerly waiting to play his first Test at home. “The pleasure I got bowling in New Zealand didn’t feel in the same way in Sri Lanka. I haven’t played a Test match yet in Bangladesh. I think Test cricket is a matter of great patience and skills. I hope good things are coming ahead.”

“We also have many responsibilities against Australia. Australia is one of the best teams in the world. But we understand the surface very well than them as it is well known to us. I hope we will do well in the series”, concluded the pacer.