Disaster start for Aussies in Bangladesh test

Slum visit hits Aussies hard ahead of first Test

Dhaka: Australian captain Steve Smith said in the lead-up to this match that he wanted his four frontline bowlers to bear most, if not all of the wicket-taking responsibility, and hoped neither he nor Glenn Maxwell would need to roll the arm over.

However, Australia then made an abysmal start in reply, David Warner, Usman Khawaja and nightwatchman Lyon all falling cheaply in the nine overs that remained.

Nathan Lyon dismissed Shakib for 84 runs at the stroke of tea as the hosts reached 190-5 after electing to bat first at the rain-soaked Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Spinners Shakib Al Hasan, Mehedi Hasan and Taijul Islam, who combined for 20 wickets during their historic win against England a year ago, loom as the key players for the host.

Tamim, who is Bangladesh's highest scorer in both Test and ODIs, showed he belongs in a class of his own as he did not lose his composure while seeing off the pacers during the crucial early period. Nafees, who was part of the commentary team in the opening Test match, said this could be the beginning of a new dawn for Bangladesh as they showed how to handle pressure without losing their objective.

But he maintains the match is still in the balance and has confidence that Australia can turn their fortunes around on day two. The selectors will have a tough decision to make between Taskin Ahmed and Shafiul Islam, but Shafiul might just get the nod. "And personally, I am very happy with the way I am bowling", he added.


Australia (probable): 1 David Warner, 2 Matt Renshaw, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Usman Khawaja, 5 Peter Handscomb, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Ashton Agar, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Josh Hazlewood, 11 Nathan Lyon.

"Everyone has their ups and downs depending on how "Mother Cricket" looks down upon you on the day".

Shakib's scalp saw Lyon equal Richie Benaud's Test haul of 248 wickets, the second best figure for an Australian spinner after Shane Warne.

"I didn't really see the run out, so I don't know how bad it was, but at the end of the day it's a game of cricket", Lyon said. "I won't say in all conditions, but in our conditions, we are better than them", said Shakib. "We are looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead", he said.

Herath has claimed nearly 70 per cent of his wickets on home tracks in Sri Lanka while Ashwin was proved even more dominant in familiar climes with greater than 71 per cent of his victims falling on Indian soil.

Questioned in the lead-up to the match about the prospect of passing Benaud's mark, Lyon had played down the looming achievement, but he revealed on Sunday evening that his family cared about the milestone. I want to win in India, that's big on my bucket list.

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