Spin-wary Australia faces confident Bangladesh

Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan third left celebrates with his teammates after taking five wickets during the second day of their first test cricket against Australia in Dhaka Bangladesh Monday Aug. 28 2017

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Despite the relatively slow track at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, which was also marking its own landmark of hosting 150 global matches, Australians pacers were able to push the Bangladesh batsmen to the ropes through sheer pace.

Bangladesh have no shortage of self-belief, having beaten England in their most recent home Test and Sri Lanka in their most recent away Test. The man to the right, by the way, is transporting a fridge Agar (left) appears to have lost a bet as he was also asked to pose alongside fellow spinners Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Swepson in a moody-looking Darwin before the team headed out for the tour Meanwhile, vice-captain David Warner notched up a few lengths in the pool A couple of years ago, Australia's famed pace attack looked like they were about to audition for The X Factor.

In 2008, Australia were scheduled to host Bangladesh for two winter Tests, but that series was postponed until 2010 due to a clash with the Beijing Olympics. Whatever the strengths they have, Australia are always tough opposition.

Tamim lofted Lyon for a six over extra cover, growing in confidence as he built the partnership with Shakib. "It's pretty special. Richie Benaud was a legend of Australian cricket and cricket in general", Lyon said.

Mushifiqur followed suit in deploying off-spinner Mehidy Hasan from the start of the Australia innings and was rewarded with the wicket of David Warner for eight runs.

The visitor is also expected to rely heavily on spinners in Dhaka by playing left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, for his first Test in four years, alongside veteran off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

Australian cricket team captain Steve Smith walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal by Bangladesh's Mehedi Hasan Miraz during the second day of their first test cricket in Dhaka Bangladesh Monday Aug. 28 2017

Bangladesh's captain Mushfiqur Rahim after being dismissed earlier in the day. In India earlier this year, Smith showed his patience and skill against high quality spin bowling and scored centuries in three of the four Test matches. "They batted with objective and chose their bowlers very precisely unlike before when we were not sure what we really wanted to achieve".

But with tea approaching, Australia responded again through some good finger spin bowling.

It was a mixed day for Lyon, too, who became just the eighth bowler to reach 250 Test wickets for Australia - and the second spinner after Shane Warne - before making a duck after being sent in as nightwatchman.

Khawaja averages just 19.16 in four Tests in Asia but the skipper has backed him to produce the goods after some hard work preparing for this tour. "I won't say in all conditions, but in our conditions, we are better than them", said Shakib.

That ended 2-1 in favour of India, but Steve Smith's men performed better than anyone thought they might. "We need to do well in all aspects if we want to win the Tests".


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