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Bangladesh eye series triumph after maiden Australia win

Bangladesh eye series triumph after maiden Australia win

Warner survived a review before the southpaw brought up his 19th test century, a second in Asia.

"We have to be more aggressive than them". Insiders feel, the wicket will be more of a slow-turner.

"It's hard. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about the couple of stuff-ups I've made", O'Keefe said. "May be not as much turn from day one, but I don't judge wicket very well, so who knows", this prediction from Smith during his pre-match press conference can provide his struggling batting unit a sigh of relief. Likewise for a bowler, a bag of wickets tells him his rhythm is good, the ball is coming out of the hand well and again, his confidence is boosted.

The decision to initially overlook Steve O'Keefe - a proven match-winner on the subcontinent - in favour of fellow left-arm spinner Ashton Agar was particularly contentious. They lost a tight game in Chittagong against England, but then leveled the two-Test series with a win in the second match. It has been raining in Chittagong continuously, which will not be very favourable for the spinners while the pacers might find the damp pitch and windy conditions handy. We've had a few discussions but w'ere not going to name anything until the toss tomorrow.

After only getting a brief look at the Chittagong wicket table during their first training session on Saturday, Smith didn't have the chance to view the pitch at all on Sunday as ground staff kept the covers on with monsoonal showers lashing the city. It's under the cover at the moment.

"But I think it just adds another string to his bow, for sure".

Like we did in the first game, we go with Shakib as the CAPTAIN for this game. Obviously, Bangladesh did that against us last week.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia's Executive General Manager of High Performance, Pat Howard too added on the situation just by saying, "We want to be No.1 in all three formats across men's and women's cricket".

"But I think if you look at the summer, England probably have a lot of left-handers". So, it seems to be a risk worth taking.

Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim suggested the uncertainty about Australia's line-up, and particularly the wicketkeeping position, was a sign the visitors were under pressure.

"It was good to see the smiles on all the Bangladesh players, staff and fans after the match". We will play to our strength and attack them. However, Bangladesh shouldn't relax, since a wounded Australian side is a risky opponent; they'll definitely be better for having played a game - albeit one they lost - that counted. Their record in Asia was also a cause of concern as they were blanked 3-0 in Sri Lanka in 2016 before they were beaten 2-1 by India earlier this year. So, there is a scope for improvement.

Warning the team against complacency, Mushfiqur said that no player apart from Shakib Al Hasan or Tamim Iqbal could give his 100 percent in the first Test and many got away with 50-60 percent as well. But, he is banking on the "excellent" drainage facilities of the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium to get a result.



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