Lyon in rare company with 250 Test scalps

Ray Weaver
August 28, 2017

Australia's Pat Cummins rattled Bangladesh with a three-wicket burst in a terrific spell of fast bowling as the hosts reached 96 for three wickets at lunch on the opening day of the first test on Sunday.

Bangladesh, which only attained Test status in 2000, have moved on from that defeat, and hope to build on the recent good form to impress fans with a series win on home soil against Australia.

Even though Australia were reduced to 18 for three in reply to 260, Lyon did not think Bangladesh were running away with the game.

"It's not ideal losing three wickets but that's the game", Lyon said.

David Warner was the first to fall, trapped LBW on eight by teenage offspin prodigy Mehedi Hasan in the fourth over.

Khawaja was out for one, before Shakib Al Hasan dismissed nightwatchman Nathan Lyon for a duck, leaving Australia in trouble, with not out batsmen Steve Smith and Matt Renshaw tasked with a recovery mission.

Part-time spinner Glenn Maxwell broke through before tea to have Tamim - who belted three sixes off the bowling of Lyon - caught by Warner at backward point on 71.

Agar, playing his first Test in four years, did his part with 3-46 which included the final wicket of Shafiul Islam.

During the course of the inning, Lyon passed Richie Benaud's mark of 248 wickets and went on to hit the 250 mark.

The Australians have not won a Test series on the subcontinent since 2011, when they beat Sri Lanka 1-0, and have been preparing hard for the slow and turning tracks.

He averages 40 with the bat, 33 with the ball, and is No.1 on the ICC's rankings for Test allrounders, yet because he doesn't play for one of the so-called "big teams" often, Shakib Al Hasan still probably doesn't get the worldwide recognition he deserves.

"You've got to give them credit, they batted well, they bowled well".

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. Tottering at 10/3, the hosts were in a real scare of getting embarrassed, but their two experienced batsmen bailed them out.

Spinners Shakib Al Hasan, Mehedi Hasan and Taijul Islam, who combined for 20 wickets during their historic win against England a year ago, loom as the key players for the host.

Meanwhile, Australia announced their squad for the first Test, with all-rounder Ashton Agar being recalled after a gap of four years, while southpaw Usman Khawaja will be making the cut after seven months.

In his next over he removed Imrul Kayes and Sabbir Rahman for nought off successive deliveries to reduce Bangladesh to 10 for 3.

"He's got to tell himself that, really learn from that and say "I know I can do it now, just let me do it".

"They have some batting left too, so we have to focus well".

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