Bangladesh v Australia: Tourists face 'challenge' after tour match washed out

BAN vs AUS Aussies land in Dhaka under blanket police protection

There are obvious risks for Australia going in unprepared against Bangladesh, a unsafe team on home soil who drew their two-Test series with England 1-1 a year ago.

Despite Australia's impeccable record elsewhere, the Indian subcontinent has always remained a tough proposition for them.

Australia captain Steve Smith has admitted there's a degree of uncertainty over what kind of wicket will be produced for the first Test in Dhaka. "Renshaw and myself were quite lucky to play in India, which will put us in good stead for these two Test matches". "Obviously we know as a whole that the Bangladesh side in their own conditions is going to be a very strong team", he said.

"It was only 12 months ago we were No. 1 in tests and one-dayers and for us to get back there it will only happen with all of us going in the one direction and supporting Australian cricket".

It was the only warm-up fixture of the tour, Australia's first to Bangladesh in more than a decade.

The Bangladesh National Test Cricket team returns to action this week for the first time since the Tigers' historic March 19 defeat of Sri Lanka in the 100th Test played by Bangladesh since the country was granted Test status in 2000. "It's definitely going to be a big challenge for us", he said.

Handscomb said that Australia's preparation in Darwin, particularly the intra-squad three-day game, should suffice if the two-day practice match in Fatullah, scheduled for August 22 and 23, is called off. "We are confident everything will go according to our plan", he said. "We've even cleared the road [leading to the team's hotel]", Inspector Moslem Uddin of the Armed Police Battalion said.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board have offered alternative venues for the game, but the Australians have expressed a reluctance to make the switch owing to security concerns. Cricket Australia had also refused to send their U-19 team for the World Cup in Dhaka a year ago. Eariler, Aussies were supposed to visit Bangladesh in 2015, CA then suspended it in excuse of security grounds.

Carroll, who is part of the 32-member Australian party, arrived in Dhaka early to ensure everything was in order for the two Test tour.

The second Test in Chittagong begins on September 4.

The tour to Bangladesh was again threatened, but this time by Australia's bruising and protracted pay dispute.

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