Published: Mon, August 28, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Disaster start for Aussies in Bangladesh test

Disaster start for Aussies in Bangladesh test

After being bowled out for 260 in their first innings, Bangladesh had Australia reeling at 18-3 at Stumps on Day One.

Earlier, Shakib Al Hasan scored 84 and Tamim Iqbal 71 in their 50th test as Bangladesh recovered from paceman Pat Cummins onslaught to amass 260.

Khawaja had been forced to watch on during the tour of India earlier this year after selectors opted to play Shaun Marsh instead.

Australia are in Bangladesh for two-Test series.

But Lyon insisted that while Bangladesh had the momentum, the game remained in the balance.

A second scalp in the match will take Lyon, who has 247 wickets from 67 Test, just behind Australia's all-time spin wicket-taker Shane Warne.

Warner was given out LBW off the bowling of Mehedi Hasan in the fourth over but quickly reviewed the decision, with replays showing the ball had clearly hit his bat first.

Australia captain Steve Smith (3 not out) and opener Matt Renshaw (6 not out) will look to build something concrete for the Aussies to stay in touch in the first of two Tests.

After Lyon's 118 Test wickets on those fast, flinty Australian strips so beloved by the quicks, the next-best return by a finger spinner is Bruce Yardley's 79 (while noting that Bill Johnston took 101 with a hybrid of medium-pace and left-arm orthodox). Facing the spin-heavy attack, they held their own with both bat and ball and will now look to draw on that experience in Bangladesh, where the pitches are expected to be worse.

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.

"They said "go out and do us proud".

Agar, playing his first Test in four years, did his part with 3-46 which included the final wicket of Shafiul Islam.

Tamim was undone by Glen Maxwell's part-time bowling and Shakib soon followed him, missing out on another century.

In four previous matches, Bangladesh have never beaten Australia and only avoided an innings defeat once, although their last meeting was back in 2006. "I've got some very good mates in this change room that I think are great, and no doubt when I get back home after this series, I'll sit down with my family and have a drink and celebrate that personal goal but let's just see how this Test match goes first".

He averages 40 with the bat, 33 with the ball, and is No.1 on the ICC's rankings for Test allrounders, yet because he doesn't play for one of the so-called "big teams" often, Shakib Al Hasan still probably doesn't get the worldwide recognition he deserves.

"They have some batting left too, so we have to focus well". The Tigers are playing with two seamers and a three-pronged spin attack.

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