Australia not panicking after hard day one - Lyon

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Shakib al Hasan came out with an all-round as Bangladesh tightened the screws on Australia on the very first day of the opening Test of the two-match series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, here on Sunday.

All three remain well adrift of the leading Test performers of the past six years, Lyon's fellow spinners Rangana Herath from Sri Lanka (305 wickets from 56 matches) and Ravi Ashwin from India who has snared 292 from 52 Tests with his off-spin. Bangladesh has some high-quality spinners that will pose problems for Australian batsmen.

The visitors trained in Darwin, a tropical city in northern Australia, ahead of the Bangladesh tour to adjust to the hot and humid conditions expected for the two-Test series. "Whatever the strengths they have, Australia are always tough opposition", he added.

On the turn: Australia's Glenn Maxwell, second from left, wrought the dismissal Bangladesh's Amim Iqbal.

The hosts are hoping Shakib, off-spinner Mehedi Hasan and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam can undo Australia's formidable batting line-up. Star all-rounder Shakib is confident his team's home advantage and spin force will trouble its Australian counterpart.

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

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Mushfiqur Rahim appears likely to keep wickets, which would mean Liton Das misses out. Nafees, who was part of the commentary team in the opening Test match, said this could be the beginning of a new dawn for Bangladesh as they showed how to handle pressure without losing their goal.

Which netted him the highly-prized wicket of Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, and set him on a path to the very top echelon of Test bowlers of all affiliation and persuasion over the next half a dozen years.

In taking his 248th, 249th and 250th Test scalps, Lyon surpassed Richie Benaud to move into eighth spot on the list of Australia's all-time wicket-takers, with the great Shane Warne (708) now the only spinner in front of him.

Australia (probable): 1 David Warner, 2 Matt Renshaw, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Usman Khawaja, 5 Peter Handscomb, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Ashton Agar, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Josh Hazlewood, 11 Nathan Lyon.

"I would say it's in the balance; the momentum is with Bangladesh and it's not ideal losing three wickets". Not in all conditions but in Bangladesh, we are better than them. "We need to do well in all aspects if we want to win the Tests".

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.

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