Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

First Test: Australia 18-3 after Bangladesh all out for 260

USMAN KHAWAJA USMAN KHAWAJA
Sammy Stanley | 28 August, 2017, 01:08

Opener Matt Renshaw was not out on 6 with captain Steven Smith on 3 to end the see-saw day in which 13 wickets fell.

Spinner Mededi Hasan Miraz - who destroyed England late past year - ensured David Warner's poor record on the subcontinent continued, removing the Australian vice-captain LBW for eight.

Bangladesh's spinners hold the key to their performance, while you'd nearly say Australia's top order - in particular, the three left handers, who will be under pressure from Ball 1.

Speed demon Cummins earlier defied the draining 75 per cent humidity with a lethal opening spell to leave Bangladesh reeling at 3-10.

But Shakib and Tamim came together to add 155 for the fourth wicket and lift the home team's score towards respectability. From there, Lyon was frustrated for much of the afternoon by Tamim's boldness and Shakib-al-Hasan's more considered approach to spin.

Occasional spinner Glenn Maxwell finally broke it when he forced Tamim to cut one loose at backward point, where David Warner took the catch.

"It was quite challenging to bat out there".

"It was an important partnership".

Similarly, seamers Anderson and Broad revel in the swing bowler-friendly damp and heavy cloud cover of the United Kingdom where they have taken more than 60 per cent of their respective wickets over the past six years. "I won't say in all conditions, but in our conditions, we are better than them", said Shakib.

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

Agar trapped Mushfiqur Rahim leg-before for 18, a decision which the Bangladesh skipper unsuccessfully reviewed.

Mushfiq and Miraz both made 18 while Nasir Hossain contributed 23, but Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar bagged three wickets each to restrict the hosts to 260.

Now that Nathan Lyon has secured admittance to that exclusive and shoulder-weary collective of spinners who can boast 250 Test wickets, he will once more be evaluated alongside the past practitioners of the slow bowling craft.

Asked which team he thought was ahead in the game, Lyon said that that the contest was "in the balance".

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.

Having bowled Bangladesh out for 260 after the hosts won the toss at the Shere Bangla Stadium, the tourists finished the day in nightmare fashion, with Warner, Khawaja and nightwatchman Lyon all falling cheaply.

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.

As recently as the lead-in to Australia's tour to India earlier this year, where the 29-year-old pocketed his career-best return of 8-50 in the second Test at Bengaluru, questions were aired about his potency on Asian pitches, against the game's most accomplished wranglers of spin bowling.

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