Glenn Maxwell (second left) wants to go on the attack against Bangladesh.
Glenn Maxwell (second left) wants to go on the attack against Bangladesh. Rui Vieira

Maxwell ready to target Bangladesh bowlers

GLENN Maxwell says Australia can target Bangladesh's bowling attack in its must-win Champions Trophy clash at The Oval tonight (AEST).

After Friday's washout against New Zealand, Steve Smith's team needs to defeat the Tigers.

A loss would leave the Aussies needing to beat England next Saturday and hope other results go their way if they are to reach the semi-finals.

Bangladesh posted a decent score of 6-305 in the tournament opener on Thursday but could not contain Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan and Joe Root as England chased down the target with eight wickets intact and more than over to spare.

Maxwell said Australia could get some joy against Bangladesh's bowlers.

"I think they batted quite well against England," he said.

"The biggest thing for them was because the wicket was so good they struggled to make inroads into England's batting line-up.

"That is something we can maybe target.

"They haven't got a big 145(kph) plus bowler or a trick spinner that some of the other teams maybe do and we can target that and go after them."

Smith slammed his seam attack after the performance against the Kiwis but did not give Maxwell a chance with his part-time off-spin, instead turning to Travis Head.

Maxwell said he was unconcerned about not getting a bowl but would relish the chance if it came.

"I thought Heady did well, but I have been working hard on my bowling and hopefully I will get an opportunity at some stage," the 28-year-old said.

"I just keep running around and keep trying to find where the ball is going to go, keep trying to follow it.

"I don't really offer too much or anything like that (to the captain)."

Bangladesh has lost 18 of the previous 19 meetings between the nations since 1990.

News Corp Australia

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