Aussie coach asks counter-question

Lehmann asks counter-question

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has said the make-up of their side of the second Test against Bangladesh will depend on the pitch.

The Aussies will make at least one change in Chittagong Test which gets under way on Monday after Josh Hazlewood flew home due to a side injury.

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With the tourists not going for a like-for-like replacement, the coach justified the move by pointing out the number of overs bowled by the Bangladesh pacers during the opening Test.

“The way the wicket was, how many overs did the quicks bowl for them (in the second innings)?” asked Lehmann.

“You are not going to have too many overs bowled by the quicks as the game goes on. We expect the same sort of pitch. And that’s fine, it is what you expect here,” Lehmann added.

Although, Mitchell Swepson is a part of the squad, the call-up to O’Keefe marks him as the frontrunner, if Australia had to play with three spinners and only one pacer, something they haven’t tried in years.

“Once we get there we will take a look at the wicket and the conditions and whether we change that or go with one quick or two quicks or three spinners (will be discussed),” Lehmann said.

He concluded, “It really comes down to what we want to set our side up like for the second Test, and the wicket.”

– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com