Shakib wants Bangladesh clean sweep over Aussies

Posted August 28, 2017

DHAKA Australia bowled out Bangladesh for 260 and then suffered a spectacular top-order collapse to be left reeling at 18 for 3 after the spin-dominated opening day of the first Test. Bangladesh had slumped to 10-3 before Shakib Al Hasan (left) and Tamim Iqbal raised 155 runs to help them post a competitive total.

"To overtake him in the wickets column is something pretty special and I hold it pretty close to my heart".

Spinner Mededi Hasan Miraz - who destroyed England late previous year - ensured David Warner's poor record on the subcontinent continued, removing the Australian vice-captain LBW for eight.

Opener Matt Renshaw was not out on 6 with captain Steven Smith on 3 to end the see-saw day in which 13 wickets fell.

Spinner Nathan Lyon has lauded the efforts of Australian quicks Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood in oppressive conditions during the first Test against Bangladesh.

Cummins finished with figures of 3-63, while off-spinner Lyon claimed 3-79 - surpassing Richie Benaud's Test haul of 248 wickets to become Australia's second most successful spinner after Shane Warne.

Steve Smith's team has not played a Test in Bangladesh in more than a decade and its preparations were hampered when its only practice game was washed out because of flooding in Fatullah.

"He's probably copped a bit from his Asian series where he hasn't taken those massive amounts of wickets", Starc said.

If he looked only mildly pleased at the milestone, it said more for a day of hard work and perseverance than anything else.

All-rounder Ashton Agar returned to Australian Test team after four years while the visitors also drafted in batsman Usman Khawaja. Tottering at 10/3, the hosts were in a real scare of getting embarrassed, but their two experienced batsmen bailed them out.

Shakib, off-spinner Mehedi Hasan and left-armer Taijul Islam took all 20 wickets when Bangladesh recorded its first-ever Test win over England by 108 runs in October. "I won't say in all conditions, but in our conditions we are better than them". At least we hope it's a photo shoot and he's not just forgotten his gloves, pads and helmet And one final warning before we leave you to it - don't be alarmed if Mitchell Johnson, David Warner and coach Darren Lehmann turn up at the beach while you're sunbathing.

"I think the team has got a lot of belief out of that", Lyon said of their 1-2 series defeat in India.

Imrul Kayes looked a long way away as far as adapting to number three was concerned while Sabbir Rahman hardly justified his position at number four in Test format.

Mehedi Hasan removed David Warner for 8 and Usman Khawaja (1) was run out before Shakib Al Hasan got rid of Nathan Lyon for a duck at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.