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Agar offers us a lot of flexibility – Lehmann

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Australia coach Darren Lehmann has homed in on the importance of the new ball to the visitors as they look to remove Bangladesh’s top order early.

“They have got some quality batsmen all the way down the list,” Lehmann said. “They have actually got a really good record at home. They did well against England. Their top order is a key to how they bat. So we have to make early in-roads with the new ball. It will spin and probably reverse the way the wicket goes.

“They have good depth and are a good side at home. We made some in-roads into India but we still lost that series. The challenge for us is to win a series away from home.”

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The conditions in Mirpur could result in Australia fielding two spinners, with Ashton Agar a potential pick. Agar last played a Test four years ago but Lehmann pointed that he had improved his lengths and offered an all-rounder advantage in the side with his batting and fielding abilities.

“His lengths are a lot better. He has had a good Sheffield Shield season last year,” he said. “Young (Mitchell) Swepson is a good prospect as a legspinner. It is really tight between all the spinners. But Ashton batted really well and he is a gun fielder. We are really pleased for him.

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