June 22, 2018

2nd Test, Day 1: Bangladesh were 70/3 at Lunch against Australia

04 September 2017, 02:24 | Kristopher Drake

2nd Test, Day 1: Bangladesh were 70/3 at Lunch against Australia

2nd Test, Day 1: Bangladesh were 70/3 at Lunch against Australia

That he did came as Australia's selectors chose to pick three frontline spinners in their attack for the first time since Jason Gillespie made his double-century at this venue in 2006. Rain is forecast for all five days but the silver lining for cricket fans is that, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, showers are not likely to be lengthy enough to cause major delays.

Whereas Bangladesh would be eyeing their first Test series win against Australia.

Epic US Open rallies, ridiculous tries and record breaking feats, these are the Plays of the Week. Australia must avoid defeat in order to avoid dropping to sixth on the ICC Test rankings, their lowest spot since the system was introduced in 2003.

"We got to work on our lengths and obviously first innings runs are important as well".

Shafiul Islam was left out for Mominul Haque as Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first in the second match.

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Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Mominul Haque, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 7 Sabbir Rahman, 8 Nasir Hossain, 9 Mehidy Hasan, 10 Taijul Islam, 11 Mustafizur Rahman.

O'Keefe has replaced the injured Josh Hazlewood, who flew home after the first Test.

Bangladesh will go into a second Test of a series in the lead against a higher-ranked side for the first time, other than against Zimbabwe in 2005 and 2014 and the West Indies in 2009, and that will have its own pressures.

Hilton Cartwright's medium-pace was noted as a handy option for Steve Smith, but it was soon clear that the Australian captain viewed the man included at the expense of Usman Khawaja was more of an "open in case of emergency" partnership breaker than a genuine partner to tearaway Pat Cummins. Chappell said that the Australians cannot be compared to India who could play only two warm-up games in the run up to their tour of Sri Lanka and still dominated the Test series.

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