Historic Test win for Bangladesh!

Ruben Hill
September 3, 2017

Australia are now ranked fourth to Bangladesh's ninth in the ICC Test rankings.

Australian opener Matt Renshaw said he can learn from opening partner David Warner about how to handle spin as they seek to avoid a whitewash against Bangladesh in the second Test in Chittagong, beginning on Monday.Warner hit a rare fourth innings century in the first Test but could not take his side home as other batsmen failed to complement his effort.Australia finally fell 20 runs short of their target to suffer their first defeat against Bangladesh, sparking huge criticism back home.

Renshaw also spelled out the importance of Warner and himself at top of the order for Australia. "They have been quiet the last couple of days, and really just getting their heads right".

"He's probably got the lighter on his feet advantage but I've got the reach advantage", Renshaw said. "You see it a lot with right-handers and left-handers, how tough it is for bowlers to adjust their line", Renshaw said. Speaking further on the situation to cricket.com.au, Australian skipper Steven Smith said, "I don't know if we're better than that at the moment, that's a hard question". All told, his 15 innings have been worth a sketchy 255 runs at 21, passing 50 just once at number seven. "It's about working what's best for us but also working at it as a team and trying to be the best team we can be", noted Renshaw. "We know what we've done wrong in the first Test so we're just looking forward to righting those wrongs in the second Test and hopefully win (the second Test) and tie the series", Renshaw concluded.

Renshaw remarked that the Dhaka wicket didn't turn as much as the ones in India, and it was the irregularity of it that made life hard in the opening Test.

The Queenslander's series-tally of 232 runs was Australia's second-highest, behind the prolific Smith, who managed 499 runs with three tons.

The second Test will be played in Chittagong from September 4-8 and Australia will now aim to draw the series against Bangladesh before they head out to India to play the limited-overs series next month.

"We've just got to try and replicate what we can in the nets".

Renshaw added: "Generally the pitch in Dhaka wasn't really turning as much as the Indian pitch". You want to pick a side, a group, that can play together for five to ten years if that is possible and that is what we are trying to do. "It is not good enough when you lose a Test match to anyone, but Bangladesh are tough at home", said Lehmann.

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

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. "So we'll just have to wait and see".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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