Australia's Test warm-up game called off


"I have obviously seen plenty of Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain, and I have followed the progress of Mehedi Hasan and Taijul Islam with great interest", he added.

For the while, the BCB was trying to get a specialised spin bowling consultant for the Australia series and even looked to rope in former Aussie cricketer Stuart MacGill.

"We're through the challenging time of the MOU, we've moved on from that now", Smith said.

Australia visited India from February to March for four Test matches and despite a 2-1 loss in the series Smith's men were praised for putting up a good performance. They did well against England.

"We know there is only a week until the first test but with Foxtel Now, fans can sign up and be streaming the action live within minutes - it's the ideal excuse to try".

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.

"At the end of the day, we just can't play on the ground as such".

Smith said conditions would be the biggest challenge for them in the two Test matches.

"We are prepared for that but traditionally it is a good wicket here".

The Bangladesh Cricket Board have offered alternative venues for the game, but the Australians have expressed a reluctance to make the switch owing to security concerns.

Australia decided against a warm-up match during their last tour of Bangladesh and were caught off guard by the hosts, a lesser team then than now, and narrowly scraped a win.

The second Test in Chittagong begins on September 4.

The visitors now will continue regular training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka ahead of the two-Test series, which starts on Sunday.

For the Aussies, this will be their first global cricket series since the ICC Champions Trophy after pay dispute with Cricket Australia had stalled all major cricket activities in the country.

The Aussies were due to play a two day match against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI, starting on August 22nd, in Fattulah.