The Age – Dhaka: Having lost a hard-fought tussle against India earlier this year, Steve Smith said ahead of this series that Australia’s selections for Bangladesh had been made with an eye towards the next Test visit to cricket’s biggest nation in four years’ time.

Summary

  • Dhaka: Having lost a hard-fought tussle against India earlier this year, Steve Smith said ahead of this series that Australia’s selections for Bangladesh had been made with an eye towards the next Test visit to cricket’s biggest nation in four years’ time.
  • The wisdom of his comments have come into question after he became the first Australian captain to preside over a Test defeat to the Tigers, ranked a lowly ninth in the game’s longest format.
  • The pair had put on 130, with Warner posting a brilliant ton, his first Test century overseas since late in 2014, and just his second Test ton in Asia.
  • Smith and new batsman Peter Handscomb advanced the score to 3-170 at drinks, but the skipper faintly edged an angling ball from Shakib to be sharply caught behind the stumps by Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim for 37 in the first over after refreshments.
  • It was clear there would be no comeback though when Maxwell was bowled for 14 with the first ball after lunch, giving Shakib 10 wickets for the match to go with his first-innings knock of 84.


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