Bangladesh opt to bat in Chittagong Test

Australia ‘hurting’ after Bangladesh loss Lehmann

It is the first time since their only previous Test at Chittagong more than 11 years ago that Australia have picked three spinners. Bangladesh, ranked ninth in the ICC Test rankings to Australia's fourth, are hoping to shed their underdog status with a series sweep against Smith's men.

"Even though global cricketers are fully professional and play almost all year round, Australia's failure was more to do with not playing any competitive cricket in the lead up to the Test series", Chappell wrote in a column for Hindustan Times. Even a win in Chittagong can not prevent them from falling to number five in the ICC rankings and a 2-0 series loss will drop them to sixth. "But the Australia team are very strong and they will come back hard". They are a professional side so they know what they have to do.

It has been a series of bold statements.

"It certainly can come into it", Smith said.

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell said that lack of match practice for individual players may be one of the reasons behind their defeat to Bangladesh. In the lead-up to today's match Mushfiqur said that Bangladesh will continue their aggressive play and will not take the safe route, even though they can not lose the series. The batting did not look terribly solid in the first Test with a bulk of the runs coming from th senior firm of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib in the first innings, and Tamim and Mishfiqur in the second. It may also be Mominul's replacement at number three, Imrul Kayes, who makes way.

That would pave the way for Steve O'Keefe to play as a third spinner and replace Hazlewood ahead of paceman Jackson Bird.

Khawaja's scores of one and one in the first Test make him the most likely batsmen to be dropped. The pitch is expected to take turn right from the word go, as was the case in the first Test.

Khawaja had only just returned to the XI after being overlooked for all four Tests of the series away to India earlier in the year despite being in the touring party.

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