Dhaka: The man who led Bangladesh to their first Test victory against Australia says the tourists will now show “a lot more respect” to the Tigers after a humbling 20-run defeat to Test cricket’s ninth-ranked nation.
Set 265 in the fourth innings at the Shere Bangla Stadium, Australian captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner had guided the tourists to 2-158 on Wednesday morning, but both departed in quick succession as Australia lost 8-86.
The man who did much of the damage was Shakib Al Hasan. The world’s top-ranked Test all-rounder took 10 wickets for the match as well as making 84 in the first innings to earn man of the match honours.
Shakib said Australia’s attitude would change after the historic result. “Obviously after this Test they’ll show a lot more respect,” he said.
“At home we believe that we can beat any side, and we have that confidence.
“Everyone [in our camp] who came to the press had said the same thing, that we can beat teams, doesn’t matter who we are playing against. And that’s exactly what we did.”
Smith said Australia’s first innings total of 217 had been their undoing. “It’s disappointing. I think we probably let ourselves down in the first innings with the bat,” Smith said.
“I think we made a few errors, a few guys getting out ways we’ve got out before and not learning from mistakes.”
The Australians appeared to have made strides with their batting in Asian conditions during a 2-1 series loss to India earlier this year, but Smith acknowledged there was considerable work still to be done.
“You’ve got to keep trying to learn and keep trying to get better in these conditions.”
Smith refused to blame the side’s sub-optimal preparation for the defeat. The tourists’ sole warm-up match before the Test was cancelled.
Another loss in next week’s second Test in Chittagong will send Australia to their lowest ever Test ranking of sixth. Smith said Australia would consider playing three spinners in Chittagong – including Steve O’Keefe, who replaces the injured Josh Hazlewood – if the conditions were suitable.
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