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Early inroads vital in Bangladesh Tests: Lehmann

22 August, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Christina Hansen
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Australia's two-day tour match against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI has been canceled because of concerns over contaminated water following flooding at the ground.

While they have defeated the likes of South Africa, India, and Pakistan in ODI series' their biggest achievement arguably has bee the 1-1 Test series draw against England in 2016 which highlighted their credentials as a major cricket power.

Khawaja scored at least 50 in all six home tests past year, but was dropped for the test series in India.

Same happened with Australian skipper Steve Smith who along with his squad landed in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka for the ongoing series.

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"There will be plenty of interest around these two Tests and it's fantastic we have reached an agreement so Foxtel subscribers can watch live on Fox Sports. Sometimes, shorter the match, the more exciting Test match it is in a way", he said. "We are prepared for that, but traditionally it is a good wicket here", he added.

"The ground wasn't deemed up to the mark", Bangladesh Cricket Board media and communications committee chairman Jalal Yunus said. We are going to see it as a bit of a challenge.

"It's an opportunity for Ashton to get some experience in these conditions and hopefully improve, with an eye to the next time we go to India as well". So we have to make early in-roads with the new ball.

This Australian tour is much anticipated as it is has been 11 years that Ricky Ponting toured Bangladesh back in 2006.

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Australia refused to send their team to last year's Under-19 World Cup in Dhaka over security worries. Eariler, Aussies were supposed to visit Bangladesh in 2015, CA then suspended it in excuse of security grounds.

The second Test in Chittagong begins on September 4.

In fact, the BCB first revealed the Test side for the series opening Sunday, August 27, the day before, but the announcement immediately ran into controversy when ailing Mosaddek Hossain was ruled out with an eye infection that doctors say will require at least 15 days to clear up. "Bangladesh have played some brilliant cricket here", Smith said shortly after the Australia squad arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday.

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