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Oz struggle to keep up with Bangla in 1st test

Oz struggle to keep up with Bangla in 1st test Oz struggle to keep up with Bangla in 1st test
Vera Richards | 28 August, 2017, 01:10

The good work of Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar, who snared three wickets apiece, was undone within 10 balls that Australia would dearly love to get back.

Shakib struck seven boundaries in 62 balls so far.

"You've got to give them credit, they batted well, they bowled well".

Drawn Test series against England and Sri Lanka, as well as a semi-final appearance at the Champions Trophy have all been positive for the sub-continent nation.

Lyon, though, was not fussed about this modicum of fortune, much as he has uncomplainingly forged on through spells out of the Test team, a long-time absence from the limited overs set-up and wide variations in the quality of Australian wicketkeeping at the other end of the pitch.

The Australian pacers planned to bowl short knowing it was one of Bangladesh's major weaknesses and it paid dividends as they managed to gain considerable amount of bounce from the track, mostly due to its freshness. The approach of Bangladesh's two leading cricketers in their 50th Test match only provides more hope. It would be a truly remarkable achievement, coming from a country that plays relatively little Test cricket.

Matt Renshaw (6) and skipper Smith (3) were unbeaten at the close, with Australia seemingly requiring a partnership similar to the one that provided the bulk of Bangladesh's runs. But so infrequent have meetings between Bangladesh and Australia been that it also marked the first time either had played a Test against the Aussies. But, of course, he will need somebody to stay out there with him.

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Talented left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman, who missed the England series because of injury, is set to bolster the pace attack for the Mushfiqur Rahim-led side. The selectors will have a tough decision to make between Taskin Ahmed and Shafiul Islam, but Shafiul might just get the nod. Agar will partner with offie Nathan Lyon on a supposedly spin friendly wicket. But while Smith may have seemed content to go without an all-rounder, he warmly welcomed Maxwell's contribution with the ball on day one of the first Test in Dhaka.

Shakib al Hasan came out with an all-round as Bangladesh tightened the screws on Australia on the very first day of the opening Test of the two-match series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, here on Sunday.

The pitch is not expected to be too similar to the one that England encountered on this ground a year ago, but it will be on the slower side with spin expected from day two.

With the dismissal of Mehedy, Lyon surpassed Richie Benaud's tally of 248 wickets, which put him in second place for the most wickets taken by an Australian spinner in Test cricket. Not in all conditions but in Bangladesh, we are better than them.

"I think the two guys batted very courageous", Lyon said.

We look forward to the pre-Ashes photo shoot this winter.

That ended 2-1 in favour of India, but Steve Smith's men performed better than anyone thought they might. Four years' time back in India it's something I want to achieve while I'm captain.

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