Bangladesh 260 all out, but hold the aces

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Lyon insisted that before facing the spinners, Bangladesh batsmen must handle the fearsome Aussie pace attack. We might as well be talking about the #darkages.

Shakib's 22nd half century included 11 boundaries. The approach of Bangladesh's two leading cricketers in their 50th Test match only provides more hope. Australia's practice match was completely washed away, and there are forecasts saying both Tests in this series could be over before they begin as well. Finally, a series that has not been postponed, and if the weather allows, it should be a fascinating contest.

A perception which, according to Starc, has now been - for the time being, at least - laid to rest with the topic noticeably absent from discussions ahead of Australia's arrival in Bangladesh.

First it was Glenn Maxwell, used so reluctantly with the ball in India, to break through.

So, four postponed Test series and hundreds of billions of tweets later, here we are, for what should be a close battle. Tamim was batting on 33 with Shakib on 48 at the other end in a partnership worth 86 on Sunday. Star all-rounder Shakib is confident his team's home advantage and spin force will trouble its Australian counterpart. Facing the spin-heavy attack, they held their own with both bat and ball and will now look to draw on that experience in Bangladesh, where the pitches are expected to be worse. But, of course, he will need somebody to stay out there with him.

Bangladesh's captain Mushfiqur Rahim after being dismissed earlier in the day. The selectors will have a tough decision to make between Taskin Ahmed and Shafiul Islam, but Shafiul might just get the nod.

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Part of the visitor's drills this time has included batting in the nets without a front pad, a lay created to emphasise the importance of using the bat in order to avoid leg-before decisions against the slow bowlers.

Australia squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade. Rain is predicted on all five days of the Test, so the chances of a result will depend on how quickly the newly-laid outfield can dry - usually, the drainage is good.

Shakib's scalp saw Lyon equal Richie Benaud's Test haul of 248 wickets, the second best figure for an Australian spinner after Shane Warne.

Smith said: "I think he's a player who has worked very hard on playing against spin". Not in all conditions but in Bangladesh, we are better than them. They might have worked out a method against India, but this is a different challenge.

"We improved, but we didn't win the series".

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