Steven Smith expecting tough series against Bangladesh

Australia arrive in Dhaka

Khawaja, who is expected to reclaim his No.3 spot after being overlooked during the tour of India earlier this year, has not played at any competitive level since the one-day series against Pakistan in January.

The Australians were due to play two tests in Bangladesh in October 2015, but the tour was canceled amid security fears after attacks by Islamist extremists. However, Aussies are always the favorite when it is with Bangladesh.

"We've decided not to do the tour game now, which is obviously a shame for both sides", he said.

"We just see it as a bit of a time to get us someone new into the group", Smith said.

The Australian team will now continue using facilities at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur ahead of the first Test against hosts Bangladesh.

Smith led his side from the front scoring three centuries to become the highest run-getter in the series with 499 runs at an average of 71.28.

Joshi is confident that the team has it in them to upset the mighty Aussies at home but confirmed that he would be joining up with the Bangladesh side exclusively for this series.

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"It's frustrating but it's hard because I haven't really got to play on (spinning wickets) much and even training in the nets you can only do so much, At the end of the day it's not easy for any Australian going over there because it's very uncommon for us to play in those conditions. Sometimes the shorter the match, the more exciting Test match it is in a way", Lehmann said.

The first Test starts in Dhaka August 27th.

"We're pretty settled in where we want to go".

This is a squad missing two of their most threatening bowlers from the recent tour of India in injured spearhead Mitchell Starc and axed spinner Stephen O'Keefe, while question marks remain over their collective ability to bat against high-quality spin on turning surfaces.

The second Test will be played at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong from Sept 4.

CRICKET fans will get to watch Australia battle it out in Bangladesh, after a potential blackout was saved by an 11th hour TV deal.

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