Shakib, Tamim steady Bangladesh after Cummins onslaught

Adjust Comment Print

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan said on Thursday he wants no less than a clean sweep for Bangladesh when the Test minnows face a strong Australian side in their first series in more than a decade. Should Australia lose 2-0, they would fall to sixth on the ICC Test rankings, their lowest ever.

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.

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).

The visitors trained in Darwin, a tropical city in northern Australia, ahead of the Bangladesh tour to adjust to the hot and humid conditions expected for the two-Test series. He also expressed concern about Australia's performance in sub-continent, saying they need to improve themselves. It was apparent that he wanted to make sure he batted there for as long as possible.

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 disgusting against spin Usman Khawaja.

Mushifiqur followed suit in deploying off-spinner Mehidy Hasan from the start of the Australia innings and was rewarded with the wicket of David Warner for eight runs.

More news: Rajnath Reviews Security Situation In Haryana, Other States
More news: Air strikes near Houthi checkpoint kill 48 in Yemen
More news: God downgraded Hurricane Harvey to stick it to Trump — CNN host

A humble Lyon said it was a special achievement to surpass Benaud, a beloved figure in Australian cricket.

Full pitch: Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal at the crease on day one of the first test in Dhaka. 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 goal.

Part of the visitor's drills this time has included batting in the nets without a front pad, a lay created to emphasise the importance of using the bat in order to avoid leg-before decisions against the slow bowlers.

Upon winning the lbw verdict that pulled him into the 250-wicket zone, Nathan Lyon paused briefly on his haunches before arising as Australia's second most prolific spin bowler after Shane Warne. Not in all conditions but in Bangladesh, we are better than them.

Mehedi Hasan removed David Warner for 8 and Usman Khawaja (1) was run out before Shakib Al Hasan got rid of Nathan Lyon for a duck at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. They said go out and do us proud.

The Tigers are playing with two seamers and a three-pronged spin attack. They might have worked out a method against India, but this is a different challenge. I want to win in India, that's big on my bucket list.

Comments