Dhaka - Australia coach Darren Lehmann on Monday backed Ashton Agar
to make his Test return during the tour of Bangladesh, four years after the
all-rounder made his last appearance.
Agar impressed Australian selectors with his form in the
domestic Sheffield Shield competition this season, earning him a recall ahead
of left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe.
"Ashton batted really well and he is a gun fielder. We
are really pleased for him," Lehmann told reporters in Dhaka.
"We are hoping for Ashton to reproduce that sort of
form," Lehmann said of Agar.
Australia are expected to field at least two spinners in the
first Test in Dhaka starting this Sunday, with Agar now set to join regular
spinner Nathan Lyon in the attack.
Lehmann said Australia were prepared for anything at the
Sher-e Bangla National Stadium, where Bangladesh defeated England inside three
days last October.
"In India we had three-day games. Sometimes, shorter
the match, the more exciting Test match it is in a way," he said.
"We are prepared for that but traditionally it is a
good wicket here."
Australia have not toured Bangladesh since 2006 and this
series has been long in the making.
A scheduled tour in October 2015 was cancelled amid security
fears after attacks by Islamist militants in the Muslim-majority nation.
Cricket Australia agreed to reschedule the series this year
only after Bangladesh promised stepped-up security.
The Australians will play two Tests before departing
Bangladesh on September 9.