Nathan Lyon strikes as Australia wreck Bangladesh's top order in decisive test

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

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

Australia: IN: Hilton Cartwright, Steve O'Keefe.

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

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.

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. That match is best remembered for Jason Gillespie's unlikely double-century as a nightwatchman. 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.

The most recent occasion Australia fielded just one recognised quick came in Jamaica during their politically charged Caribbean tour of 1978 when, at the height of the World Series Cricket fracture, they went into the final Test at Sabina Park with batting allrounder Trevor Laughlin (father of Adelaide Strikers bowler, Ben) as Jeff Thomson's new-ball partner.

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

Bangladesh squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (c), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Liton Das, Taskin Ahmed, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Mominul Haque.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won an important toss and unsurprisingly opted to bat against a spin-heavy Australia but the hosts did not get the start they were looking for.

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