Saturday, 29 Feb 2020

Early inroads vital in Bangladesh Tests: Lehmann

Dhaka [Bangladesh], August 21 : Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has called on his team to make early inroads against Bangladesh in the two-Test series beginning Sunday at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

"They have got some quality batsmen all the way down the list," ESPNcricinfo quoted Lehmann as saying.

"They have actually got a really good record at home. They did well against England. Their top order is a key to how they bat. So we have to make early in-roads with the new ball. It will spin and probably reverse the way the wicket goes," he added.

Australia have not won a series in the subcontinent since 2011 and were clean-swept in two of the three Test series' since then. In the latest series against India, the Steve Smith-led side had to face a 1-2 defeat in the four-Test series.

Australia has won all four Tests they have played against Bangladesh, but the teams haven't met in the five-day format since 2006.

And Lehmann knows that the challenge for his team would be to clinch an away series win.

"The challenge for us is to win a series away from home," he added.

The 47-year-old is also not too concerned by the fact that the last Test in Mirpur between Bangladesh and England ended inside three days in October 2016.

"In India we had three day games. Sometimes the shorter the match, the more exciting Test match it is in a way," Lehmann said. "We are prepared for that, but traditionally it is a good wicket here," he added.

The second Test will start in Chittagong on September 4 and the Australians depart Bangladesh on September 9.

(ANI | 3 years ago)