Josh Hazlewood to miss remainder of Bangladesh series

Shakib picked up a fifer each in both innings of the first Test as Bangladesh registered a remarkable 20-run win at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday, thus taking a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

At stumps, the visitors looked in control with two of the most experienced campaigners in the Aussie side, opener David Warner (75 not out) and skipper Steve Smith (25 not out) set to resume the fourth day on 109 for two, needing another 156 runs to win.

"The guys just need to be able to adapt better, particularly in the first innings, second innings runs are so hard to get in the sub-continent and you've really got to make the most of the first innings and we weren't able to do so".

O'Keefe was captain Steve Smith's go-to man in India earlier this year, and although Nathan Lyon and Agar have bowled superbly - Australia may have felt they missed a spinner that can simply be left alone to dry up runs at one end.

Australia's tricky chase got off to a poor start with Matt Renshaw, who had top-scored for the team in the first innings with 45, trapped leg-before to Mehidy Hasan for five and Khawaja fell for one for the second time in the match. It also ended Warner's 130-run partnership with Smith, who was dropped by Tamim Iqbal on 29 at mid on.

And on Wednesday they replaced injured fast bowler Josh Hazlewood with left-arm spinner Stephen O'Keefe who parachutes into the squad for next week's second Test in Chittagong.

They were due to play two Tests in the country in October 2015 but the tour was cancelled amid security fears after a wave of attacks by Islamist extremists in the Muslim-majority nation.

A repeat was not forthcoming this time following another display of Australia's batting woes against spin. The wicket spun from the first day, as I said we let ourselves down with the bat in the first innings.

But Bangladesh were back once that stand was broken.

The hosts gained Test status in 2000 and are ninth in the ICC Test rankings - five places below Australia.

Islam got Peter Handscomb (15), forcing him to edge to slip where Soumya Sarkar completed a tough catch in his second attempt.

Not since Ricky Ponting guided his team to a target of 307 against Bangladesh in nearby Fatullah in 2006 has Australia scaled such heights in the region.

Australia's spin duo of Lyon (3-79) and Ashton Agar (3-46) shared six wickets between them to bowl out the hosts for a modest total.

Mushfiqur said the lower order woes that prevented Bangladesh from driving home their first-innings advantage showed there was plenty of room for improvement.

  • Julie Sanders