Smith banks on India experience to beat Bangladesh

Doug Mendoza
August 19, 2017

Smith said conditions would be the biggest challenge for them in the two Test matches. I thought we did some things really well in India. "I think Bangladesh have played some very good cricket and they won a Test match here not very long ago".

Smith shed light on the reasons behind Steve O'Keefe's omission from the Bangladesh tour, despite a good performance in India, and on Ashton Agar's likely role as a second spinner after Nathan Lyon.

"Conditions are always foreign to us when we are in the subcontinent". I expect we will come across some pretty similar wickets, similar amount of spin. "The wickets are always not what we get at home", Smith told Cricket Australia.

Cricket Australia agreed to reschedule the series this year only after Bangladesh promised head-of-state style security for the Baggy Greens.

Smith played safe when questioned about the favorites tag Australia seem to carry into the series.

Australia's Test side has not toured Bangladesh for more than a decade and the last scheduled tour, in 2015, was abandoned amid fears over the team's security. Now it is an opportunity for us to change that.

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"I see Usman as more of a top-order batsman and I don't really have a big issue, whether it's three or four - I won't go lower than that". "This is another opportunity to showcase our skills, show what we learned over there and hopefully give our best foot forward".

Steve Smith admits there's a level of uncertainty over what Australia will come up against in their first Test in Bangladesh in more than a decade, as the densely populated nation prepares to host global cricket at the height of its monsoon season for the first time.

Weather is set to be a concern for cricket though the last two days have been sunny.

"We're not entirely sure what we're going to get for this first Test match", Smith admitted on Saturday. "There is some rain around". "We just see it as a bit of a time to try and get someone new into the group".

Smith, speaking ahead of the team's departure to Dhaka, said left-hander Khawaja was a key player for the Ashes series against England later this year and needed to work his way back into the pivotal No.3 batting position.

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