Australia cricket team due tonight

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 17 Aug 2017, 21:36:49
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Australia cricket team due tonight

Australia cricket team will arrive in the city tonight (Friday night) to play a two-match Test series against the Tigers after an 11-year break, reports UNB.

Steve Smith's men are scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 10:30pm, leaving home following their weeklong pre-tour training camp in Darwin.

Ahead of the tour, a two-member advanced security team, led by Sean Carroll and Frank Demasi, arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday and continued their inspection to confirm an alternative venue for the two-day tour match on August 22-23 as the previously selected venue. Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah has been waterlogged.

The security team visited the ULAB cricket ground in Mohammadpur on Wednesday and Fatullah stadium and BKSP ground on Thursday after witnessing a commando drill conducted by Bangladesh Army at SBNCS ahead of the visitors' arrival to ensure a foolproof security during their stay.

Australia will play the first Test (August 27-31) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Dhaka while the 2nd Test (September 4-8) at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. As per the Future Tours Programme (FTP), Australia were scheduled to play two Tests and a tour match in Dhaka and Chittagong in October 2015, but the tour was postponed over security concerns. Australia have not played in Bangladesh since Ricky Ponting's team toured here in April 2006 and outside major tournaments, the two nations have played just two ODI series against each other in Darwin (2008) and Dhaka (2011) since then.

Australia squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Renshaw, Swepson and Wade.
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