Oz struggle to keep up with Bangla in 1st test

USMAN KHAWAJA

USMAN KHAWAJA

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan already delivered the opening salvo in the build-up to the Test match, claiming the hosts have a better spin attack than the Australians for the Bangladeshi conditions. "Then they just beat Sri Lanka a few months ago, and we all know how (Australia) went in Sri Lanka (0-3 loss) past year - so that tells you something", Jones told The New Daily.

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. Both men went hard at Nathan Lyon, with Tamim blazing Australia's No.1 spinner for three sixes through the offside on his way to 71.

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. He also expressed concern about Australia's performance in sub-continent, saying they need to improve themselves.

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On the turn: Australia's Glenn Maxwell, second from left, wrought the dismissal Bangladesh's Amim Iqbal. But if that was the case before the day's play, it shouldn't have been after the milestone men worked together to haul their team out of a hole. 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.

The other concerning element for Australia is having three left-handers at the top of the order in Matt Renshaw, David Warner and the normally awful against spin Usman Khawaja. 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.

Bangladesh's captain Mushfiqur Rahim after being dismissed earlier in the day. "They batted with goal and chose their bowlers very precisely unlike before when we were not sure what we really wanted to achieve".

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Khawaja was out for one, before Shakib Al Hasan dismissed nightwatchman Nathan Lyon for a duck, leaving Australia in trouble, with not out batsmen Steve Smith and Matt Renshaw tasked with a recovery mission. The wicket of Mehedi, who gifted a simple catch to Peter Handscomb at short leg, meant Lyon moved past Richie Benaud as Australia's second most prolific Test spinner, behind only Shane Warne. Not in all conditions but in Bangladesh, we are better than them. "We are looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead", he said.

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

"We improved, but we didn't win the series".

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"We have seen them do it before in Sri Lanka and India".

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