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Bangladesh vs Australia: Why Nathan Lyon is a spin ahead of 1st cricket Test

Australia are in the dark over the wicket which will be used in Dhaka for the first cricket Test starting on Sunday, but Nathan Lyon said there will be no moaning from the tourists.

cricket Updated: Aug 25, 2017 18:22 IST
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Australian cricket captain Steven Smith (R) plays a shot as teammate David Warner (L) looks on during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on August 25, 2017. (AFP)

Nathan Lyon said Australia will continue to adopt Steve Smith’s ‘no whingeing policy’ despite uncertainty over which pitch will be used for the first Test against Bangladesh.

The tourists were in the dark over which surface is being prepared for the opening match of the series just two days before it starts at Sher-e Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

Nathan Lyon chatted to Chandika Hathurusingha on Thursday, but the Tigers coach did not shed any light on the strip will be used for the first of two Tests.

“I’ve had a look at the wicket and I’m not really sure what to expect,” Lyon said on Friday.

“I was talking to the Bangladesh coach last night ‘Chandi’, who was coach of NSW boys, and he didn’t even tell us what wicket we’re playing on. It’s going to be interesting, we’re just going to have to adapt.

Nathan Lyon (L) feels the playing conditions will be the same for Bangladesh and Australia in the first cricket Test starting Sunday in Dhaka. (AFP)

“We know it’s going to be a lot more spin-friendly than pace-friendly but if we can adapt to the conditions ASAP and just play some good cricket, hopefully we can come out on top.”

Spinner Lyon said there will be no complaints from Australia regardless of conditions in Dhaka.

“Steve, as captain, has really drilled [not whingeing] into the team. No matter what we’re playing on, it’s the same for both teams, it’s just about adapting.” he added.

“I think that’s one of Smithy’s strengths as the captain, he’s been able to direct us and lead us in that way - the no whingeing policy.

“We adapt to the conditions and we just go out and play. We know they’re going to be different to what ... we expect at home, so we’ve just got to go out there and play.”

First Published: Aug 25, 2017 18:20 IST