Australia skipper Steve Smith has admitted that the hosts Bangladesh made them fight in the recently concluded two-match Test series where the Aussies had to taste their first ever Test lose against Bangladesh.
The 28-year old Aussie captain said, brilliant performance by the Tigers did not let them take a bigger lead in the first innings of Chittagong Test. “We could have taken a bigger lead in the first innings but credit to Bangladesh, they really made us fight in this series,” he said.
Speaking about their first win in the series Smith said, “I thought we played some good cricket at times in this Test match. The first innings, our bowling to restrict them to what we did was a real good effort. Lyon took 22 wickets in this series and that’s incredible, it was a good wicket and there wasn’t much for him. For us, the batting collapses have become a regular occurrence and it is something we need to rectify.”
He also claimed that the conditions in Bangladesh are a bit different to Australia. “We get ourselves in good positions and cannot go on with it. It is nice to get to a 1-1 draw. The conditions here are a bit different to what we are going to get back home; we know the conditions back home for the Ashes pretty well,” Smith added.
The skipper praised Warner and Handscomb for their excellent performance. “We are going to India and then home for the Ashes. Pat Cummins cranked it up today which is a great sign for us. Davey Warner was exceptional in the second innings in Dhaka and out here as well. Handscomb too was excellent too and that partnership set up the game for us.”
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com.