Steve Smith shocked by unsafe train travel in Bangladesh

BAN vs AUS Aussies land in Dhaka under blanket police protection

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Joshi's appointment means that the Bangladesh-Australia series will have an interesting Indian combat off the field with Sridharan Sriram acting as the spin bowling coach of the Australian cricket team.

Captain Steve Smith had played down the importance of the tour match before the squad's departure last week, which had followed a pre-tour camp in Darwin which included a three-day intra-squad match.

The series marks Australia's first global matches since the resolution of the pay dispute between CA and the Australian Cricketers Association.

While the Ponting-led side had only seven months earlier been dethroned in England, losing their first Ashes series in almost two decades, the touring party still boasted a formidable collection of talent including the likes of Matthew Hayden, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Stuart MacGill and a young Clarke. "He was dropped because of his form".

Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury said Smith's men landed at Dhaka airport at 10:50pm (1650 GMT) under blanket police protection on Friday.

"There's no need to create controversy".

Australia refused to send their team to last year's Under-19 World Cup in Dhaka over security worries.

The Australians were due to play two tests in Bangladesh in October 2015, but the tour was canceled amid security fears after attacks by Islamist extremists. "But by the time I came home it was just nice to be home, sleeping in my own bed and training back in Brisbane", he added. Australia also have uncapped 23-year-old leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson in their squad. "They beat England in a Test match here not too long ago. It's definitely going to be a big challenge for us", he said.

"There will be plenty of interest around these two Tests and it's fantastic we have reached an agreement so Foxtel subscribers can watch live on Fox Sports".

Australia are scheduled to play a warm-up game in Fatullah before taking on Bangladesh in the two match Test series that kicks-off on 27th August.

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