First Test: Australia 18-3 after Bangladesh all out for 260

Posted August 28, 2017

It's six years to the week since Lyon, then aged 23 and whose progress to Test cricket was fast-tracked by selector Greg Chappell who recognised potential in Lyon's limited-overs performances, shuffled somewhat self-consciously on to the Test arena. "I'm pretty proud of those guys and to be able to take 10 wickets on day one after losing the toss and bowling first, as a bowling unit I'm very proud of them". Star all-rounder Shakib is confident his team's home advantage and spin force will trouble its Australian counterpart. The only other possible decision for the selectors is whether to include allrounder Hilton Cartwright as an extra seam-bowling option, but that would require leaving Glenn Maxwell out, an unlikely scenario after his batting success in India. And as far as the off-spinners list is concerned, Lyon is the sixth bowler to do so.

Lyon is jockeying for third place among that group, alongside England seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad who are now slicing a swathe through the West Indies.

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.

Overall, he has become the 13th spinner ever to scalp 250 wickets in Test cricket.

That ended 2-1 in favour of India, but Steve Smith's men performed better than anyone thought they might.

With nine overs to survive before the close of play, Australian batsmen were unable to deal with the Bangladesh spinners on a pitch that offered considerable amount of turn and bounce.

Around 48 per cent of his wickets have come in Australia, with the balance at a marginally superior average from his appearances off-shore.

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

Australia enter the series without a warm-up game in Bangladesh and with a poor recent history in Asia.

"He's probably copped a bit from his Asian series where he hasn't taken those massive amounts of wickets", Starc said.

"Those teams rely on those two, and we've got a few bowlers that tend to try and take our wickets. They bowl stump to stump and put pressure on your defence so I suppose that's one thing we will work on".

Nightwatchman Nathan Lyon lasted five balls before being trapped LBW by Shakib Al Hasan for a duck in the same over.Australia will resume with Renshaw unbeaten on six and skipper Steve Smith on three.

But any thoughts of a quick run through Bangladesh's middle order were assuaged when Tamim Iqbal sallied forth to hammer Lyon inside out over the cover boundary - an audacious shot to play at 18 for 3.