Australia's Batsmen Are Crumbling Again In First Test Against Bangladesh

Australia's Batsmen Are Crumbling Again In First Test Against Bangladesh

O'Keefe was not included in the squad initially, even though he had a huge impact in the four-Test series earlier this year, particularly in the first Test, where he picked up 12 wickets en route to Australia's 333-run win. This is their first win and they would like to see more in upcoming test match in the series.

Khawaja (one) continued his disastrous return to national duties, lofting a sweep shot to Taijul Islam at deep backward square leg off Shakib Al Hasan's left-arm spin. When Australia was reduced to 9 wickets with 37 runs to win, Cummins switched gears and tried to finish the match on his own.

Shakib Al Hasan claimed his second 10-wicket haul day in Bangladesh's 10 victory in 101 test matches and its first over Australia.

Skipper Steven Smith, too, put on a decent score before Shakib sent him back to the pavilion and gave Bangladesh an upper hand in the first Test.

"I think we made a few errors, a few guys getting out in ways they've got out before and not learning from the mistakes, which was a bit disappointing", Smith said.

There was a setback for Australia as Hazelwood was ruled out of the ongoing Bangladesh tour as the pacer suffered a left side injury during the first Test. The lower order has got better.

Australia was comfortably placed at 158-2 thanks to opener David Warner's first century on the subcontinent.

The selectors were happy with their squad depth in the quick bowling department with Pat Cummins playing the first Test while Jackson Bird acted as back up.

The day-four pitch ended up being relatively benign but the visitors still had no answers for the masterful Shakib, who time and again beat Australia's batsmen with turn and flight. "Hopefully we'll come harder at them in the next test and hopefully we'll seal the series".

On a pitch that has produced bounce and turn that caused England problems previous year, Al Hasan and Nathan Lyon have taken full advantage to create chaos for the batsmen with combined figures of 17-257 with their spin.

But they lost their last eight wickets for 86 runs as Shakib finished with 5-85 in the innings and 10-153 in the match. Bangladeshi fans, who have supported their team in both good and bad times, erupted in joy as Taijul trapped No. 11 Josh Hazlewood in front of the wicket to wrap up a memorable win.



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