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Steve Smith shocked by risky train travel in Bangladesh

Steve Smith shocked by risky train travel in Bangladesh

"I don't think we will be going into that first Test cold, regardless of whether the tour match goes ahead or not", Handscomb said. "Some parts of the outfield remained wet so they didn't want to play the practice match there".

Lehmann, who was beginning his seventh and final county stint with Yorkshire while Australia played that series in Bangladesh, is aware the current crop of players don't yet inspire the same kind of fear his former teammates did.

In fact, Bangladesh has won only nine of their 100 Test matches since their debut in the format in November of 2000, when they visited India and dropped a single match by nine wickets.

Australia had earlier informed the BCB about not playing the tour match and hoped that the rain stays away during the Test matches.

The second Test will be played at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong from Sept 4.

Abedin's explanation, however, was not good enough for the Bangladesh cricket media and under public pressure, BCB boss Nazmul Hassan called a meeting with Abedin and the selection committee - and following that meeting, a new squad was announced, with Mominul's name on the list.

Since his debut in 2013, Haque has a test average of 46.88 runs, the highest among Bangladesh batsman who have played at least 20 tests.

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The axing came after a disappointing two tests in Sri Lanka a year ago during which he was also dropped for the final match after scores of 26, 18, 11 and 0.

Australia have not played in Bangladesh since Ricky Ponting's team toured here in April 2006 and outside major tournaments, the two nations have played just two ODI series against each other in Darwin (2008) and Dhaka (2011) since then.

"It will be a challenging series".

Australian cricket captain Steve Smith walks to the ground to attend a practice session in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.

Bangladesh has also improved vastly in the past few years, but it still would be a big surprise if they manage to beat Australia and come out on top in the two-match Test series. "It's definitely going to be a big challenge for us", he said.

"I thought we did some things really well in India".

The first test starts August 27 at Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, with the second test starting September 4 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.


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