Slum visit hits Aussies hard ahead of first Test

Slum visit hits Aussies hard ahead of first Test

From 10 for three on a hard pitch, that had enough early-morning moisture to encourage Australia's pace attack while offering turn at pace for the spinners, opener Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan carried the team to 165 without further loss, and they did so in just 41.3 overs, both striking half-centuries in their 50th Tests.

Opener Tamim Iqbal and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan celebrated their 50th test appearances by forging an 86-run partnership for the fourth wicket to arrest the slide at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

Nasir Hossain is playing a Test after a two years while pacer Shafiul Islam also returned to the fold.

Lyon was expected to lead Australia's spin attack in the Bangladesh Tests as the visitors play their first series against the hosts in more than a decade. "It's pretty special. Richie Benaud was a legend of Australian cricket and cricket in general", Lyon said.

It is to be noted that none of the members of the Australian cricket team, who resolved their long-standing pay dispute with their cricket board recently, have played a Test against Bangladesh in the past.

Mehedy and Shakib took one wicket each.

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With the experienced pair in control, Bangladesh steadied to reach lunch at 3-96, and continued well into the middle session of the day before Maxwell broke through.

Having survived a tough caught-and-bowled chance to Josh Hazlewood on 62, Tamim gave his wicket away cheaply when cutting Maxwell to Warner at backward point.

Shakib struck seven boundaries in 62 balls so far. This first Test will be the first between the countries since Ricky Ponting's side toured Bangladesh in 2006, winning the two-match series 2-0. Nafees, who was part of the commentary team in the opening Test match, said this could be the beginning of a new dawn for Bangladesh as they showed how to handle pressure without losing their goal. With just his third ball of the day, he was close to removing Soumya Sarkar, who streakily edged a bouncer over the head of third slip for four.

On a pitch offering turn and plenty of bounce for the spinners, Bangladesh were unable to bat out the opening day, Nathan Lyon (3-79) and fellow slow bowler Ashton Agar (3-46) sharing the last six wickets after Tamim had fallen to the part-time off-breaks of Glenn Maxwell.

In his next over he removed Imrul Kayes and Sabbir Rahman for nought off successive deliveries to reduce Bangladesh to 10 for 3. The batsman reviewed the decision but replays showed a clear edge, leaving the Tigers precariously placed inside the first half an hour. Despite forecast rain and plenty of nearby cloud cover, the weather remained fine, the temperature above 30 degrees.

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