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Australia wobble badly after Bangladesh rally to post 260 in Mirpur

Australia wobble badly after Bangladesh rally to post 260 in Mirpur

Mitchell Johnson's entire Test career of 313 wickets; 611 of the 617 Twenty20 internationals that have ever been played; every tweet ever.

Steve Smith's team has not played a Test in Bangladesh in more than a decade and its preparations were hampered when its only practice game was washed out because of flooding in Fatullah.

This is the first test between Bangladesh and Australia since 2006, and the touring Australians entered without any warmup matches because of flooding at the practice venue. The 2010 series didn't happen either.

Though Australia are way ahead of Bangladesh in rankings, former cricketer Dean Jones says hosts Bangladesh hold the edge as the two teams clash in the first Test at Mirpur. "Whatever the strengths they have, Australia are always tough opposition", he added. Finally, a series that has not been postponed, and if the weather allows, it should be a fascinating contest.

Lyon declared that the game remained in the balance.

Despite their lack of match practice, Maxwell, who suffered a heatstroke during training this week, believes the tactic will help the Australians against an upbeat Bangladesh unit, that has won two of their last three Tests.

Spinners Shakib Al Hasan, Mehedi Hasan and Taijul Islam, who combined for 20 wickets during their historic win against England previous year, loom as the key players for the host. But we're very close in that changer oom. Tamim was batting on 33 with Shakib on 48 at the other end in a partnership worth 86 on Sunday. It is to be noted that none of the members of the Australian cricket team, who resolved their long-standing pay dispute with their cricket board recently, have played a Test against Bangladesh in the past. But it was Cummins - another to make a stunning Test debut as a teenager - who stole the show early. We need to bat well, bat in partnerships and bat deep.

Bangladesh's captain Mushfiqur Rahim after being dismissed earlier in the day.

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First it was Glenn Maxwell, used so reluctantly with the ball in India, to break through.

Soumya Sarkar was responsible for a brilliant run out to remove Usman Khawaja for one in the next over, before left arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan dismissed nightwatchman Lyon for a duck.

"It looks interesting. There was a lot of spin on Day One, but you expect that in the subcontinent".

Rain and possible thunderstorms are forecast throughout the first Test.

Shakib's scalp saw Lyon equal Richie Benaud's Test haul of 248 wickets, the second best figure for an Australian spinner after Shane Warne.

"I think our spin attack is better than theirs".

"For us, it's more looking to the future".

After struggling during a 3-0 series loss in Sri Lanka, Lyon was on the cusp of being dropped in the recent summer. Four years' time back in India it's something I want to achieve while I'm captain.


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