Steve Smith shocked by unsafe train travel in Bangladesh

Former Australia cricket player Stuart Mac Gill chats to former Pakistan bowler Fawad Ahmed at the Sydney Cricket Ground indoor nets

Former Australia cricket player Stuart Mac Gill chats to former Pakistan bowler Fawad Ahmed at the Sydney Cricket Ground indoor nets

Australia's last Test series in Bangladesh in 2015 was called off due to security concerns. "He did very well in the first Test match in India and had some contributions throughout in the other three Test matches as well".

Handscomb said he is not too anxious due to dearth of experience playing in the subcontinent as he feel it will give them opportunity of playing with an open mind.

Despite Australia's impeccable record elsewhere, the Indian subcontinent has always remained a tough proposition for them.

Despite making a successful comeback during the home series against South Africa and Pakistan in which he amassed 412 runs from six games, he was overlooked for the four Tests against India earlier this year with his ability to combat spin friendly conditions coming under the scanner.

"I actually don't think it is a bad thing as well, going in to the sub-continent with an open mind".

"I think if you haven't played too many games in the subcontinent, you're not too anxious about how it's going to go and what it's going to do".

Australian skipper Steven Smith expects the upcoming 2-match Test series against Bangladesh to be a closely-fought one but is hopeful of a favourable outcome in what will be their first series since the pay dispute with Cricket Australia got resolved. "We had a great preparation up in Darwin".

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.

Dhaka: Australia have an opportunity to improve their record in Asia when they meet Bangladesh in a two-Test series starting next Sunday, captain Steve Smith has said but refused to state outright if his side were favourites to win.

"We know obviously that the BCB is doing everything they can to get the pitches up for us".

Australia also have uncapped 23-year-old leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson in their squad.

He also informed that Australia are going to have a team meeting where they will assess the Bangladesh squad and try to formulate plans for the upcoming Tests.

Handcomb, who holds a British passport as he was to English parents, was a talented junior tennis player but said he's happy to choose a career in cricket rather than on the court.

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