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03-Sep-2017 06:05:00 GMT
Bangladesh v Australia, 2nd Test, Chittagong

Australia aim to salvage pride against Bangladesh

Chittagong: Heavily criticised after their first-ever Test defeat to Bangladesh, Australia are desperate to restore some lost pride when the teams meet in the second and final Test, starting in Chittagong on Monday.

The visitors were slammed by Australian media when they lost the opening match in Dhaka by 20 runs and coach Darren Lehmann admitted the players had been stung by the level of condemnation of the team's performance.

Chittagong does at least hold some fond memories for the Australians as they try to salvage a drawn series.

The only previous time they played a Test there, in 2006, the visitors won by an innings and 80 runs with nightwatchman Jason Gillespie scoring an unbeaten double century.

But Bangladesh are a more formidable opponent now and the biggest challenge facing Australia's players is to find a way to combat the home team's spinners.

All but one of Australia's 20 wickets in the series opener fell to spin, and the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium pitch in Chittagong is expected to favour slow bowling.

Australia have recalled left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe for the injured Josh Hazlewood and could play him alongside their frontline spinners Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar.

O'Keefe was impressive during this year's Test series in India, capturing 19 wickets, including a match-winning 12-wicket haul in the first Test victory.

Australia eventually lost the series 2-1 but Lehmann hinted that O'Keefe could be rushed back into the playing side.

Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, who took the match-clinching final wicket in Dhaka, said the home side was also hoping for a turning pitch in Chittagong as they try to sweep the series.

Bangladesh came agonisingly close to beating England in Chittagong last year when they needed 33 runs on the fifth day with two wickets in hand.

Ben Stokes took the last two wickets to win the match for England but Bangladesh won the second match to tie the series.

The only two times Bangladesh have swept a series were against an under-strength West Indies side in 2009 and against a struggling Zimbabwe in 2014.

Teams from:

Bangladesh:
Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan, Shafiul Islam, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Liton Das, Taskin Ahmed

Australia: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Steve O'Keefe, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson and Jackson Bird.

Stats and trivia:

  • Tamim Iqbal needs 174-run to completes 4000 Test runs.
  • Nasir Hossain requires six runs for 1000 runs while Matthew Wade needs 123 runs for same feat.
  • Shakib Al Hasan 14-wicket away from 200 wickets in Test matches.

Match facts
Sept. 4-8, 2017
Start time 1000 local (0400 GMT)


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