Tamim, Shakib in recovery stand after Cummins' early blows

Georgia Reed
August 28, 2017

Australian captain Steven Smith confirmed Ashton Agar will play his first Test in four years when the two-Test series against Bangladesh begins here today.

I can't see anything other than a draw, but if and when we do get underway, expect the Tigers to make a strong start.

'I did not had anything in my mind during the time when I scored that century against Australia, ' Shahriar told Cricbuzz when his attention was drawn regarding what is the difference between now and then.

"They've got some really good spinners and they've got some really good batsmen", Khawaja said.

From 10 for three on a hard pitch, that had enough early-morning moisture to encourage Australia's pace attack while offering turn at pace for the spinners, opener Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan carried the team to 165 without further loss, and they did so in just 41.3 overs, both striking half-centuries in their 50th Tests. One is the number one in the world [Smith] and Matt Renshaw is a very talented young cricketer coming through.

"There's no demons in that pitch as yet so it's a good opportunity for our batters".

The day was far from a total failure though for Lyon, who took 3-79 in the Bangladesh innings to advance to 250 Test wickets, moving ahead of Richie Benaud (248 wickets) in Australia's all-time Test list.

"I've always said that I'm not about personal success but I woke up to a message from my mum and dad, and they said, 'go out and do us proud.' So you get those type of messages and you reflect on your career and where you stand in the game".

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The hosts are hoping Shakib, off-spinner Mehedi Hasan and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam can undo Australia's formidable batting line-up. "I would say it's in the balance; the momentum is with Bangladesh and it's not ideal losing three wickets".

Bangladesh's spinners hold the key to their performance, while you'd nearly say Australia's top order - in particular, the three left handers, who will be under pressure from Ball 1. The other Australian to do so are - Shane Warne (708), Glenn McGrath (563), Dennis Lille (355), Mitchell Johnson (313), Brett Lee (310), Craig McDermott (291) and Jason Gillespie (259).

In oppressive heat and 96% humidity, Cummins powered through his work to produce an ironman performance that indicates he is at peak fitness after years of injury heartbreak.

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Cummins finished the opening session with figures of 3-29 from eight overs.

Part-time spinner Glenn Maxwell broke through before tea to have Tamim - who belted three sixes off the bowling of Lyon - caught by Warner at backward point on 71.

Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan are the two leading run-scorers in Bangladesh Test history, and on Sunday they became just the fourth and fifth players to play 50 Tests for the Tigers.

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