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I want to play more Test series against Bangladesh in future: Steve Smith

Smith praised Bangladesh for being very competitive throughout the series.

Steven Smith and Mushfiqur Rahim
Australian cricket captain Steven Smith (R) shakes hands with Steven Smith and Mushfiqur Rahim. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

After a historical defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in the first Test at Dhaka, the Steve Smith-led Australian side leveled the two-match Test series 1-1 with a dominant performance in the second Test at Chittagong. The visitors registered a convincing 7-wicket win on the fourth day of the 2nd Test match. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who claimed 13 wickets in the match and also a record 22 wickets in the series, was the star performer for the visiting team. It was a great comeback by the Australians after being thrashed in the first Test match.

Aussie skipper Steve Smith was a happy guy at the end of the second Test match, as it was only a second win in Asia under his leadership. The visiting Australian sides have witnessed their toughest times battling in the sub-continental conditions in the past few years. They were whitewashed 3-0 in Sri Lanka in 2016 and were also defeated 2-1 in India in the four-match Test series. However, after a thriller of a contest between the two competitive teams during the whole series, the Aussie skipper wishes to play many more Test series against the Bangladeshi team in future.

It’s good to play against Bangladesh

It was quite a long time when these two sides last played a game in the longest format of the game. The Australians last visited the sub-continent nation in 2006, where they won the Test series 2-o. After this, the Aussies didn’t visit Bangladesh for any bilateral series due to security concerns. But after a great competitive series, the Aussie captain Steve Smith stated that he would like to play more Test series against the Bangladesh team. He also praised the hosts for its incredible performance throughout the Test series and acknowledged their fighting spirit.

“It’d be good to play against Bangladesh in future. Tests after 11 years is a long time. I think the way they played over here was exceptional. They obviously beat us in the first Test and challenged us again out here. If we get another opportunity to play against them, that’d be great,” Smith said.

However, after an incredible Test series, both the teams will be taking many positives with them in their future games. The Aussies will now cross borders to face the Men in Blue in a limited-overs series, while the Tigers would be touring South Africa to take on the Proteas side, later this month.

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