Chittagong - Heavily criticised after their first-ever Test
defeat to Bangladesh, Australia are desperate to restore some lost pride when
the teams meet in the second and final Test, starting in Chittagong on Monday.
The visitors were slammed by Australian media when they lost
the opening match in Dhaka by 20 runs and coach Darren Lehmann admitted the
players had been stung by the level of condemnation of the team's performance.
"The boys are all hurting with the criticism you
get," Lehmann told reporters.
"(But) you deserve that when you don't win. It is not
good enough when you lose a Test match to anyone, but Bangladesh are tough at
Chittagong does at least hold some fond memories for the
Australians as they try to salvage a drawn series.
The only previous time they played a Test there, in 2006,
the visitors won by an innings and 80 runs with nightwatchman Jason Gillespie
scoring an unbeaten double century.
But Bangladesh are a more formidable opponent now and the
biggest challenge facing Australia's players is to find a way to combat the
home team's spinners.
All but one of Australia's 20 wickets in the series opener
fell to spin, and the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium pitch in Chittagong is
expected to favour slow bowling.
Australia have recalled left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe for
the injured Josh Hazlewood and could play him alongside their frontline
spinners Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar.
O'Keefe was impressive during this year's Test series in
India, capturing 19 wickets, including a match-winning 12-wicket haul in the
first Test victory.
Australia eventually lost the series 2-1 but Lehmann hinted
that O'Keefe could be rushed back into the playing side.
"The way the wicket was you are not going to have too
many overs bowled by the quicks as the game goes on and we expect the same sort
of pitch," he said.
Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, who took the
match-clinching final wicket in Dhaka, said the home side was also hoping for a
turning pitch in Chittagong as they try to sweep the series.
"I hope it (wicket) will remain the same because we are
expecting another win," he said.
"We have the capacity to win the series 2-0. We nearly
did against England last year.
"So I don't think it is impossible to beat Australia
again," he said.
Bangladesh came agonisingly close to beating England in
Chittagong last year when they needed 33 runs on the fifth day with two wickets
Ben Stokes took the last two wickets to win the match for
England but Bangladesh won the second match to tie the series.
The only two times Bangladesh have swept a series were
against an under-strength West Indies side in 2009 and against a struggling
Zimbabwe in 2014.
Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan, Shafiul Islam, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Liton Das, Taskin Ahmed
Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Steve O'Keefe, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson and Jackson Bird.