David Warner shows cool head in sweltering heat of Bangladesh

Sep 8, 2017
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It certainly isn’t the first time an Australian has felt the full force of the subcontinental heat, and former captain Allan Border saw his chance to rekindle a hilarious feud with fellow legend Dean Jones.

Australia suffered their first-ever Test defeat against Bangladesh last week and are desperate to restore some lost pride when the teams meet in the second and final Test starting in Chittagong on Monday.

Warner finished on 88 off 170 balls, which included four boundaries, while Handscomb remained undefeated on 69 off 113 deliveries, which included five boundaries.

Resuming Australia’s innings on 225-2, overnight batsmen Warner and Peter Handscomb batted with the assuredness that was the hallmark of their 152-run partnership.

A wash-out of the morning session will prompt an early start to proceedings on Thursday, but it did not dampen the resolve of Warner and Handscomb, who picked up their gritty task after lunch until the latter backed up too far and was sharply run out by Shakib Al-Hasan.

Having taken the new ball for the first time in a Test first innings, Lyon continued his excellent series, taking 5-77 on day one of the second Test as the Tigers reached stumps at 6-253.

Umpires, the opposition and his batting partner, David Warner, descended on the Victorian to check on his health.

The left-hander was stuck on 99 for a nervous 15 balls and departed on 123 when Mustafizur had him caught by a juggling Imrul Kayes at leg gully.

Warner’s productive tour has boosted his record in Asia – he arrived for this series with only one century from 26 previous Test innings on the continent. Warner scored his 20th Test match ton on Day 3 of the Test on Wednesday.

Mehidy dropped Hilton Cartwright on six off his own bowling, the straight drive bursting through the spinner’s hands and hitting him in the rib cage. The Australians have played many matches under such pressure, so they know how to bounce back.

“There is no way we will play safe cricket”, Mushfiqur said. “You want to test yourself in the hardest conditions and see how you react”.

“He’s that talented, he’s probably got it now”. With their innings almost nearing the end, Australia’s aim will now be to restrict Bangladesh within a paltry score as they bat.

Bangladesh were banking on the fact that they’ll be able to frustrate the Australian batsmen but both Warner and Smith successfully managed to evade the trap.

“I probably tinkered with it (his technique) a lot over the last couple of years in these conditions and probably just didn’t nail the basics of what I do best … attacking and then defending”.

Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman right celebrates with his teammate Soumya Sarkar after the dismissal of Australia's David Warner during the third day of their second test cricket match in Chittagong Bangladesh Wednesday Sept. 6 2017. (AP

 

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