Skipper Steve Smith says no excuses for Australia's historic loss to Bangladesh

Laura Christensen
August 31, 2017

Warner instantly reviewed Aleem Dar's decision but replays confirmed it was hitting middle and leg.

The highlight of Day 2 was Shakib Al Hasan's 16th five-wicket haul, which also made his the only fourth bowler to take a five-for in an innings against all nine Test nations. David Warner was the only batsman in the Australian lineup who stood between Bangladesh and their maiden Test win over Australia.

The skipper charged down the pitch to a delivery from right-arm off-spinner Mehedi Hasan that went straight past the inside edge, and he was bowled for eight.

Questions remain about whether the Australians were mentally prepared for their first series on Bangladeshi soil since 2006.

After the match, Shakib took the microphone and spoke to the crowd in Bengali, saying it was their belief and the faith of their supporters that carried them through.

Steve Smith's men handed Bangladesh the ascendancy with a dismal batting performance on day two of the first Test in Dhaka.

After fighting tooth and nail to secure a lucrative pay deal, Australia's cricketers succumbed within four days to a Bangladesh side that earns a fraction of their salaries.

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Hazlewood suffered the strain on his left side after bowling just seven deliveries on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh, and left the ground without taking further part.

Cummins belted offspinner Mehedy Hasan for two sixes in one over to reduce the deficit but it was all over when Taijul Islam trapped Josh Hazlewood lbw for a duck.

"We're confident that if we get on a bit of a roll tomorrow we can knock them over".

In the second innings, a much required breakthrough was provided by Shakib when he dismissed in-form David Warner for 112, followed by Australia's captain Steve Smith for 37, creating instant pressure on the visitors.

On a turning track where their frontline batsmen have struggled against Bangladesh's three-pronged spin attack, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade and Ashton Agar all fell in quick succession before lunch. I hope we will get a wicket that will help us to win the series, ' he added.

"Keeping our target to 260 really kept us in the game, and then starting like we did tonight, if we have a good first hour tomorrow, it should really set the game up", Cummins said.

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