Newspaper: Smith backs Khawaja's Test return in BD


Newspaper: Smith backs Khawaja's Test return in BD

Handscomb along with Marsh batted with commendable calm and applied good technique as they thwarted India in a manner that should have given enormous satisfaction to the tourists.

The BCB are understood to have proposed alternative venues for the match, however Cricket Australia's carefully planned security operations in the subcontinent made late rearrangement a hard proposition.

"Playing a left-hander, the ball spinning out of the rough and Jadeja and Ashwin bowling really well. Hopefully that's a good start for us". Conditions are always foreign to us when we are in the subcontinent. Then only three ODI matches were played between the two sides. "I actually don't think it is a bad thing as well, going into the subcontinent with an open mind", he said. I think if you haven't played too many games in the sub-continent, you are not too anxious about what the ball might do.

"Obviously there's been a bit of rain about and you don't know how much time the curator is going to get to get into the wicket".

"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. "We had a great preparation up in Darwin".

The game's ugly pay dispute played a major role in pushing negotiations right down to the wire but just a week before the first Test in Dhaka, Fox Sports has secured the rights for the series.

Lehmann also said his thoughts were with members of the Bangladeshi public who had been affected by the monsoonal weather.

Captain Steve Smith says Usman Khawaja could return to the Australian lineup for the first time since January in the long-awaited first test in Bangladesh.

Australia's young batsmen have a clear blueprint they would like to adopt mentally and on the field during the two-Test series in Bangladesh: the Ranchi Test against India earlier this year.

Bangladesh have emerged from that 2-0 series defeat as a decent side, winning their last Test at home and away, respectively against England and Sri Lanka. Hassan claimed that had he met with the selectors initially, he would have overruled their decision to drop the 25-year-old who has played 22 Tests and 40 innings since his debut in 2013, and has never been dropped from the squad. I couldn't win tennis games anymore but I could make a few runs with the bat. The decision was made pretty much itself.