Sport Cricket Skipper Steve Smith says no excuses for Australia’s historic loss to Bangladesh

Skipper Steve Smith says no excuses for Australia’s historic loss to Bangladesh

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Australia skipper Steve Smith and Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh shake hands after Bangladesh defeated Australia. Photo: Getty
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Australian captain Steve Smith says he’ll be making no excuses after a disastrous 20-run defeat to minnows Bangladesh in a gripping first Test in Dhaka.

Set 265 to win, the visitors collapsed to be bowled out for 244 shortly after lunch on Wednesday’s fourth day, with man-of-the-match Shakib Al Hasan claiming 5-85 to finish with 10 wickets overall.

It is Bangladesh’s first Test victory over Australia.

A similar triumph in next week’s second and final Test in Chittagong would result in Australia tumbling to No.6 in the world rankings.

David Warner’s aggressive century had given Australia hope of achieving its second-highest fourth-innings chase in Asia.

But the visitors lost five wickets in the final hour before lunch and were unable to hold on in the following session despite a valiant unbeaten 33 from tailender Pat Cummins.

The match unravelled for Australia during a disastrous first innings in which it fell to 4-33 on the way to 217, with Warner, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja all dismissed cheaply.

Australian skipper Smith said there was no excuse for his side failing to adjust to the conditions after making great strides earlier this year during its tour of India.

Australia must learn from its mistakes

“I think we made a few errors, a few guys getting out ways they’ve got out before and not learning from their mistakes, which is really disappointing,” Smith said.

“But you’ve got to keep trying to learn and keep trying to get better in these conditions. It’s a difficult place to play.

“We’re a young team and a team that is hopefully going to continue to improve.”

An embarrassed Australia lost to a side ranked No.9 in the world and which had only won nine of 100 Tests.

The first Test between the two sides in more than a decade had loomed as an opportunity for Australia to overcome its dreadful record on the subcontinent and notch its first series win in Asia since beating Sri Lanka 1-0 in 2011.

David Warner leaves the field after being trapped lbw by Shakib for 112. Photo: Getty

But for all its dominance at home, Australia showed it remained a fragile side overseas which could be easily exposed by quality spinners.

Shakib confirmed his status as the world’s No.1-ranked allrounder across all three formats, taking five-wicket hauls in both digs after top-scoring with 84 in the first innings.

Australia had reached a competitive 2-158 on day to be on track for victory before its five-wicket collapse.

After resuming on 75, Warner raced to triple figures before being trapped lbw by Shakib on 112.

Smith, who survived a tight stumping decision from his first ball on day three and had twice been dropped, finally ran out of lives a short time later, caught behind on 37.

Peter Handscomb (15) and Matthew Wade (four) soon followed, while Glenn Maxwell (14) was bowled by Shakib with the first ball after lunch.

Cummins belted offspinner Mehedi Hasan for two sixes in one over to reduce the deficit but it was all over when Taijul Islam trapped Josh Hazlewood lbw for a duck.


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