Sport Bangladesh bat, Australia go with three spinners in Chittagong

08:51  04 september  2017
08:51  04 september  2017 Source:   Reuters

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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won an important toss and unsurprisingly opted to bat against a spin -heavy Australia in the second and final test in Chittagong on Monday. Still smarting from their first ever defeat by the hosts, Australia packed their line-up with three specialist spinners but yet

Sept 4 (Reuters) - Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won an important toss and unsurprisingly opted to bat against a spin -heavy Australia in the second and final test in Chittagong on Monday. Still smarting from their first ever defeat by the hosts, Australia packed their line-up with three specialist

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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won an important toss and unsurprisingly opted to bat against a spin-heavy Australia in the second and final test in Chittagong on Monday.

Still smarting from their first ever defeat by the hosts, Australia packed their line-up with three specialist spinners but yet again face the daunting prospect of batting fourth at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

The tourists replaced batsman Usman Khawaja and injured paceman Josh Hazlewood with batting all-rounder Hilton Cartwright and Steve O'Keefe, who joins fellow left-arm spinner Ashton Agar and off-spinner Nathan Lyon in the slow bowling department.

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Australia skipper Steve Smith said that they are open to the prospect of using three spin options in the final Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong . It’s difficult, but 30 byes in that last Test match was pretty telling, wasn’t it? He’s not producing enough runs with the bat to compensate for the keeping.

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"The wicket looks dry... hopefully we can put up a good score in the first innings," Rahim said, adding the hosts were done celebrating their victory in Dhaka.

Steve Smith of Australia and Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh are sen at the coin toss during day one of the Second Test match between Bangladesh and Australia at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on September 4, 2017 in Chittagong, Bangladesh.  (Photo by) © Robert Cianflone/Getty Images Steve Smith of Australia and Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh are sen at the coin toss during day one of the Second Test match between Bangladesh and Australia at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on September 4, 2017 in Chittagong, Bangladesh. (Photo by) "It's in the past and this is a new game, a fresh game. The boys need to do it again and it's a great opportunity to play with probably the best team."

Bangladesh picked an extra batsman in Mominul Haque who replaces paceman Shafiul Islam.

Australia captain Steve Smith admitted he, too, would have preferred to bat.

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And Bangladesh captain and gloveman Mushfiqur Rahim conceded 22 byes of his own. After the first Test, Smith didn't rule out Australia playing three spinners in Chittagong , while coach Darren Lehmann on Friday refused to guarantee anyone's spot.

Should the pitch at Chittagong ’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium resemble the volatile Mirpur track Bangladesh skillfully exploited in their historic win this week, Australia could well field three Batting allrounder Hilton Cartwright and wrist- spinner Mitchell Swepson are the other two

"We have to try and restrict them as much as we can and then bat well... something we did not do well in the last game, something we want to rectify," Smith said.

"We got to work on our lengths and obviously first innings runs are important as well."

Teams:

Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper-captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Taijiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman

Australia - David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Steve Smith (captain), Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Hilton Cartwright, Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Steve O'Keefe, Nathan Lyon 

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