Lyon excited by latest spin twin

Solenn Plantier
Août 25, 2017

I dare say whoever wins the toss will look to bat first.

Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson and Jackson Bird.

"Steve, as captain, has really drilled [not whingeing] into the team".

The opening Test will be the first between the two countries since Ricky Ponting's side toured Bangladesh in 2006, clean-sweeping the series 2-0.

Part of the visitors' drills this time has included batting in the nets without a front pad, a lay created to emphasise the importance of using the bat in order to avoid leg-before decisions against the slow bowlers.

"I think for us Australians will be about bowling in partnerships and bowling well together to take 20 wickets", said Lyon.

"It is more about guys who are hitting the stumps regularly and Bangladesh do that really well".

"He's in the right mindset, so if Ash gets the nod, I've got no doubt he'll perform well for us".

Australia's most recent trips to the subcontinent ended in defeat. We have seen them do it before in Sri Lanka and India. This makes their task trickier as the current Bangladesh team are no longer pushovers in Test cricket in their own backyard.

Bangladesh's spin attack is better than Australia's at home, according to Shakib Al Hasan.

The tourists also have an experienced spinner in Nathan Lyon, who will be supported by two rookies - left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, who has played only two Tests so far, and legspinner Mitchell Swepson, who is uncapped in worldwide cricket.

"We need to do well in all aspects if we want to win the Tests. I don't think it will be any different in Bangladesh". "Whatever the strengths they have, Australia are always tough opposition". He said: "I think we are doing a fantastic thing by making these arrangements and hopefully they [Pakistan] will be able to host the matches successfully".

Talented left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman, who missed the England series because of injury, is set to bolster the pace attack for the Mushfiqur Rahim-led side.

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