Published: Mon, August 28, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Australia v Bangladesh: David Warner and Usman Khawaja fail as Aussies collapse

Australia v Bangladesh: David Warner and Usman Khawaja fail as Aussies collapse

David Warner and Usman Khawaja continued their miserable runs in Asia as Australia collapsed late on day one of the first Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka.

The hosts regrouped through Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, who put on a 155-run fourth-wicket stand, but there was no doubting the importance of Cummins' early blitz.

Lyon, though, was not fussed about this modicum of fortune, much as he has uncomplainingly forged on through spells out of the Test team, a long-time absence from the limited overs set-up and wide variations in the quality of Australian wicketkeeping at the other end of the pitch.

The opening Test will be the first between the two countries since Ricky Ponting's side toured Bangladesh in 2006, clean-sweeping the series 2-0.

Spin king: Australia's Nathan Lyon, second from left, after the dismissal of Bangladesh's Sakib Al Hasan.

Lyon and recalled left-arm spinner Ashton Agar spun through the Bangladesh middle-order and tail to finish with a combined six wickets.

The other concerning element for Australia is having three left-handers at the top of the order in Matt Renshaw, David Warner and the normally awful against spin Usman Khawaja.

THE Australian Test team, fresh from a bitter contract standoff, has prepared for tomorrow's first Test against Bangladesh by visiting slums in the capital Dhaka.

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. Shakib lived dangerously at times but the world's top-ranked all-rounder showed his class on either side of the wicket before falling for 84.

"It's great for Nathan to come away with a bag of wickets in India (this year) and check that one off and say "I really can bowl in these conditions".

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

Herath has claimed nearly 70 per cent of his wickets on home tracks in Sri Lanka while Ashwin was proved even more dominant in familiar climes with greater than 71 per cent of his victims falling on Indian soil.

Two balls later, the batsman was caught in the gully by Peter Handscomb.

The 250th wicket, a skidder that trapped Taijul Islam, demonstrated one of the ways in which Lyon has grown.

Lyon then had Shakib held at slip off the shoulder of the bat - illustrating the bounce on offer - and the remaining batsmen fell in a hurry after tea as Agar also enjoyed success in his first Test appearance since 2013. The Tigers are playing with two seamers and a three-pronged spin attack. "They were fearless in their batting and played some incredible shots".

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