Australia 377-9 at stumps in Bangladesh Test

Tricia Pearson
September 7, 2017

With Bangladesh winning the toss, the tourists sweltered in 33 degree heat - which felt like 45 degrees - and extreme humidity as they worked to restrict the hosts on a batting-friendly pitch.

It was the opener's second successive century after he hit 112 in the second innings of the first Test. Warner hit 7 fours in his 234-ball innings.

Lyon took the new ball and made an immediate impact, trapping Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumyar Sarkar and Mominul Haque leg before. He went on to strike one more blow before stumps, having the risky Sabbir Rahman stumped less than 10 overs out from the close of play. "As I said, more of a traditional subcontinent wicket". There was a good chance of him scoring a big one but the left-hander missed it while trying to play a defencive shot off the back foot.

"This is why we do pre-season".

At stumps, Australia was 9-377 after the umpires called play off due to bad light, with Steve O'Keefe unbeaten on 8 and Nathan Lyon yet to score.

Desperate to level the series after being humbled inside four days in Dhaka, Australia have gone in with three spinners and a lone paceman in Pat Cummins, a strategy they had not employed since 1978.

After his composed 123, Warner stated: "It is satisfying for myself but at the end of the day we're here to win games".

"It wasn't the best ball I've ever bowled, but I thought he did a pretty good job in severe heat".

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Australian players take shelter under umbrellas during the drinks break.

"Patty is an unbelievable cricketer", he said.

"They're in the ice baths now".

"We'll all sleep well tonight, do all our recovery".

David Warner's second successive hundred against Bangladesh helped Australia maintain their slight advantage on the third day of the second and final Test.

Shakib and Mehidy Hasan also found something from growing footholes either side of the stumps, each finding sharp-turning deliveries that not only claimed wickets but will also put questions in Australian minds. He got good reward from that stumping today.

"Really gutsy", he said. "He always spoke about that when he was keeping for Australia".

They were trailing Bangladesh by only 27 runs, having seven wickets in hand. "Bangladesh did that against us last week and it's just a nice option to change your bowlers around so you never really settle against anyone". I'm supporting Ussie 100 per cent. "It allowed me just to rotate the strike and not really have any need to leave your crease all the time".

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