Bangladesh win toss, bat against Australia

Australia captain Steve Smith speaks to reporters in Chittagong today

Steve Smith inspects the pitch on the morning of day one.

But while Wade looks to have survived, Khawaja has been axed after making one and one in Dhaka.

Australia, trying to save the series, deployed a three-pronged spin attack with Steve O'Keefe replacing injured fast bowler Josh Hazlewood.

Skipper Steve Smith's under-prepared lineup lost the series-opener by 20 runs last week, giving Bangladesh its first test victory over Australia. That match is best remembered for Jason Gillespie's unlikely double-century as a nightwatchman.

"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. Darren Lehmann, the coach, has said the boys are hurting, and the visitors will be keen to bounce back, especially considering they will slip to a lowly sixth on the ICC Test ratings if they lose this game. Chappell said that the Australians cannot be compared to India who could play only two warm-up games in the run up to their tour of Sri Lanka and still dominated the Test series.

His Test average in Asia slumped to below 15 following his twin failures at the Shere Bangla Stadium.

The rain has stayed away in Chittagong with Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim winning the toss and electing to bat.

The hosts meanwhile included an extra batsman in Mominul Haque at the expense of seam bower Shafiul Islam, meaning both sides have chosen only one frontline paceman each.



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