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Australia‘s skipper Steven Smith expects his troops to learn from the last Test series in India (Border-Gavaskar Trophy in February-March 2017) when they face Bangladesh in a two-Test series from August 27. Though Australia had lost the series to India, 1-2, they gave a tough competition and surprised many who predicted a whitewash from Virat Kohli’s team. Smith’s side is gearing up for the Test series against Bangladesh, and are wary of the challenges posed by the much-improved hosts. The first Test will be played at Dhaka.

“I hope we can learn from the last Test series in India. I expect we will come across some pretty similar wickets, similar amount of spin. Hopefully we can learn from what we did there. Conditions are always foreign to us when we are in the subcontinent. The wickets are always not what we get at home”, Smith told Cricket Australia. He further added, “Spin will play a big part throughout this series. Reverse swing will be expected because the wicket will be abrasive. ”

Smith also complimented Bangladesh and said, “It will be a challenging series. Bangladesh have played some brilliant cricket here. They beat England in a Test match here not too long ago. I think they have played some very good cricket here of late.”

Talking about the unpredictable rains in the subcontinent during this time of the year, Smith stated that they are unsure of the kind of wicket to be presented in the first Test at Dhaka. “We’re not entirely sure what we’re going to get for this first Test match. Obviously there’s been a bit of rain about and you don’t know how much time the curator is going to get to get into the wicket. We’ll have to adapt to whatever the wicket we come up against on the first morning of the Test match. Hopefully the weather holds off and we can get some good cricket in in this Test series.”