“That’s up there with the hardest Test match cricket days I’ve ever had,” he said Monday (September 4). “This would be my 69th Test match, and I don’t think I’ve been tested like that physically.
“The pitch was pretty good, to be fair, there’s not much spin there at all. I think I bowled four straight ones early and all hit the pads. (The Heat) is just one of those things. This is why we do pre-season. You want to test yourself in the hardest conditions and see how you react.”
“They played well. Sabbir and the skipper, they batted well, they took the game on, they played some brave cricket. You’ve got to give credit where credit’s due. They played some good shots. But at the end of the day, I was pretty proud of our bowlers’ efforts to go out there and keep fighting all the way through to the 90th over.
“As I said before, that was the hardest conditions I’ve ever had. The wicket’s not doing much; there’s not much spin, there’s no bounce. So to challenge the Bangladesh batters as much as we could, I thought it was a pretty good day, to be honest,” he added.
Bangladesh had already won the first game in Dhaka, but they have also played good cricket in the first day of the second test. The hosts look to make history by winning the series against Australia, while the visitors look to better their record in the subcontinent after managing a mere two Test wins in the past decade.
Lyon will prove to be the decisive factor if Aussies need to win the Test match and square the series. Bangladesh, on the other hand, is looking to enjoy their cricket in the Test and will look to get a positive result after winning the first game.