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Lyon in rare company with 250 Test scalps

28 August 2017

Usman Khawaja came in to join Matt Renshaw, but he tried to take a insane quick single only to be sent back and was run out for 1 to leave the tourists 2-14.

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.

Tamim lofted Lyon for a six over extra cover, growing in confidence as he built the partnership with Shakib. "If our guys get into the mind-set that we went well in India, so we should be able to handle Bangladesh, then they will be in big trouble", Jones said about Australia's performance in Asia.

Bangladesh's left-arm spinner and aggressive middle-order batsman Shakib Al Hasan said the Tigers expected to win both Tests. Such has been the reluctance of Australia to schedule Tests against Bangladesh, it has now been 11 years since their last series, when Jason Gillespie made the unlikeliest double-century in Test history.

Renshaw (6*) and Steve Smith (3*) will have to resume on day two with the Bangladesh bowlers in confident mood. A brief, unsuccessful stay as nightwatchman would follow for Lyon, a man who has always stated his willingness to do any job for the team that anointed him custodian of its celebratory chant.

Mushfiqur Rahim appears likely to keep wickets, which would mean Liton Das misses out.

Warner was given lbw to Hasan when he was on 8, but it was overturned when replays showed the Australian opener had got a hefty edge onto his pad. The selectors will have a tough decision to make between Taskin Ahmed and Shafiul Islam, but Shafiul might just get the nod.

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Australia will need to rely on Nathan Lyon to provide plenty with the ball, especially if their pace bowlers fail to pick up early wickets. "They batted with goal and chose their bowlers very precisely unlike before when we were not sure what we really wanted to achieve".

Rain and possible thunderstorms are forecast throughout the first Test.

Shakib's scalp saw Lyon equal Richie Benaud's Test haul of 248 wickets, the second best figure for an Australian spinner after Shane Warne. "It';s certainly slower than we are used to, but the best teams adjust to these conditions".

"I would say it's in the balance; the momentum is with Bangladesh and it's not ideal losing three wickets".

Questioned in the lead-up to the match about the prospect of passing Benaud's mark, Lyon had played down the looming achievement, but he revealed on Sunday evening that his family cared about the milestone.

The Aussies are looking for their first series victory on the sub-continent since beating Sri Lanka 1-0 in 2011.

Lyon in rare company with 250 Test scalps