News- Australia’s first Test defeat against Bangladesh – a few days ago, the Australian players have had to cop a lot of criticism. In order to correct the mistakes and level the series 1-1, skipper Steve Smith hasn’t ruled out the possibility of playing three spinners in the second match of the rubber, set to start in Chittagong from Monday (September 4).
“Saw it (the pitch) briefly yesterday,” Smith said. “I think it won’t bounce quite as much as the wicket in Dhaka and I think it will take spin as the game goes on. Maybe not as much turn from Day 1, but I don’t judge wickets very well, so who knows.
“The inclusion of O’Keefe into the squad is a good one. It gives us the option to play three spinners if we like. Obviously, Bangladesh did that against us last week. If the wicket is spinning, it’s really a good option and there is a possibility we go with that,” he said.
“We need to have another look at the wicket. It’s under covers at the moment. It’s still raining, so haven’t had the chance to do that yet. I don’t think the forecast is great for the first day tomorrow. Hopefully, we get a chance to look at the wicket today and have a sort of clear idea with the way we go ahead,” he noted.
“Our first innings batting really let us down, to be behind by 50-odd wasn’t good enough. You have to try and get in front of the game if you need to bat last. Our first innings let us down. We weren’t able to form enough partnerships; no one got big score for us.