Australia were surprised by how well Bangladesh played in the first test match and were under a lot of pressure heading into the second and final test match of the series. They have always struggled to win test matches in Asia but losing a test series to Bangladesh would have been a huge embarrassment for the Aussies.
Lyon Roars For Australia
Nathan Lyon put in one of his best performances in test cricket taking 7 wickets in Bangladesh’s first innings to restrict the home side to 305. The Australian vice-captain David Warner put in another impressive performance scoring 123 as he put together partnerships with captain Steven Smith and the young Peter Handscomb to get Australia to 377 and give them a crucial lead.
Bangladesh had a great chance to rise to the occasion and win a test series against Australia for the first time but it wasn’t to be as Lyon once again used his magic to cause chaos in the Bangladesh batting line-up. He took 6 wickets to give him his best test match figures of 13 wickets in the match. Bangladesh was bundled out for 157 and had only 86 runs on the board to defend.
Australia lost three quick wickets in their chase but Glenn Maxwell played a cameo and took Australia over the line to level the series 1-1. Although Bangladesh lost the second test, they will be happy with the fact that they held Australia to a draw and have made a case for playing three match test series at home, so that a decisive result can be made.
Australia Have A Lot Of Work To Do
Even though the Aussies won the second test match, they have serious issues that they need to address in test cricket. Australia has not won the last five test series that were played in Asia. They are now ranked 5th in the ICC Test Rankings and captain Smith knows that’s not good as the Aussies set themselves very high standards.
Their biggest concern lies in fixing their batting order. The Australians have had 15 batting collapses in their last 14 test matches and have put their bowlers under a lot of pressure. The Aussies do not have a lot of time to fix the chinks in their armor as the Ashes are not too far away.
Their other concern is deciding who is the best wicket-keeper batsman at the moment. They tried Peter Neville and discarded him in favor of Matthew Wade who has performed with the gloves but failed with the bat. Australia need to make a decision as to whether they risk persisting with Wade, go back to Neville or try someone new like Alex Carey.