Khawaja, Agar to make Test comebacks for Bangladesh series, hints Smith

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Australia's Test side has not toured Bangladesh for more than a decade and the last scheduled tour, in 2015, was abandoned amid fears over the team's security.

"I think Usman's going to be a really big player for us this summer", Smith told local media.

"I expect we'll come up against some pretty similar wickets that take a reasonable amount of spin and hopefully we can learn from what we did there".

Cricket Australia agreed to reschedule the series this year only after Bangladesh promised head-of-state style security for the Baggy Greens.

"He's done incredibly well in Australia over the last couple of years and it would be good for him to (play) some cricket".

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Despite making a successful comeback during the home series against South Africa and Pakistan in which he amassed 412 runs from six games, he was overlooked for the four Tests against India earlier this year with his ability to combat spin friendly conditions coming under the scanner.

Australia's skipper Steven Smith expects his troops to learn from the last Test series in India (Border-Gavaskar Trophy in February-March 2017) when they face Bangladesh in a two-Test series from August 27.

The visitor is supposed to play a practice match against Bangladesh Cricket Board XI at Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah but the ground is waterlogged with contaminated water that has leaked into the stadium from adjoining factories - an issue that has been compounded by heavy seasonal rainfall. "Bangladesh have played some brilliant cricket here".

Talking about the unpredictable rains in the subcontinent during this time of the year, Smith stated that they are unsure of the kind of wicket to be presented in the first Test at Dhaka. "It is the series that I want to win in my tenure as captain, so it is an opportunity for Ashton get some experience in this condition with an eye to next time we go to India". They beat England in a Test match here not too long ago. So we're looking at it as a really big challenge. "This is another opportunity to showcase our skills, show what we learned over there and hopefully give our best foot forward". "We will have to adapt to whatever wicket we come up against on the first morning of the Test match".

"We know it's going to be a challenge for us".

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