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Australian coach Justin Langer said they have plan in place for in-form Shakib al Hasan ahead of their clash against Bangladesh at Nottingham on Thursday.
Shakib is highest run scorer in the ongoing World Cup as he accumulated 384 runs so far in just four matches with an average of 128 runs.
Shakib scored back to back centuries in this World Cup against England and West Indies, 121 against England and 128 unbeaten against West Indies.
Shakib is the first Bangladeshi batsman to score four consecutive half centuries World Cup matches and while he has also been handy with the ball in his hand, he has taken five wickets so far in four matches.
“Probably the world's best all-rounder who happens to bowl left-arm spin" Langer was quoted in Sydney Morning Herald.
"We have got our plans against him [Shakib] but he is playing well,’’ he said.
‘’I think he is the No.1 all-rounder in the world, that is no surprise, he is a very good cricketer," Langer added.
Shakib said that he is also ready for the Aussie challenge on June 20.
"We've been facing some of the best fast bowlers in the last four matches. Every match - every team's got, I think, at least two bowlers who bowl 140[km/h]-plus. And we've been coping well," said Shakib.
"We're not worried about that because we played England. We played West Indies. Both the teams got 140, 150-plus bowlers. I think faced with all this, we just need to do our basics right. I think we're a skilled team and we are capable enough to counter those challenges." Shakib added.
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