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Bangladesh and Australia are set to resume rivalry in the longest format of the game since 2006. On the eve of the first Test at Dhaka, Bangladesh’s all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan hoped for nothing less than a 2-0 whitewash over visitors. This statement comes on the back of a poor subcontinental record of Australia, but Nathan Lyon seems least bothered by Shakib’s comments. The 29-year-old spinner revealed Australia are preparing hard and are looking forward to compete hard against hosts.

“I think we are going to have to wait and see. Both teams haven’t come up against each other so it is a big statement, to come out and say that. But everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. We are just worried about what we are doing, to be honest. They can come out and say whatever they want. We are training and preparing well and we are looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead. Everyone has their own opinion and goals. We have our own goals but I am not going to sit here and talk with you guys about our goals”, Lyon told.

“We are going to play cricket with a smile on our face and compete hard against Bangladesh. They are a good side and we are here to play two Tests and we are going to do our best, and hopefully walk away with the series win”, Lyon added ahead of the series opener on Sunday (August 27).

Lyon also shifted attention to the pacers and stated that Australia’s pace battery will be vital in their chances in the two-Test series. “We have got three very good fast bowlers in the squad with Josh Hazelwood, Pat Cummins and Jackson Bird who can get the ball moving in these conditions. We have seen them do it before in Sri Lanka and India. I don’t think it will be any different in Bangladesh.”

Lyon, who has a best of 8 for 50 versus India, believes bowling well in tandem will assist Australia to pick 20 wickets in a Test match. “I think for us Australians will be about bowling in partnerships and bowling well together to take 20 wickets. It is not me versus someone else. It is a team game and we are here to take 20 wickets”, said Lyon.

Asked on the nature of the pitch and what will captains choose to do after winning the toss, Lyon was quick to point out, “I haven’t studied or done any curating for about seven years so I think I have lost my trade. But it is another cricket wicket. It will be same for both sides. I dare say whoever wins the toss will look to bat first. In the subcontinent, it is a general rule. We have to adapt to the conditions quickly and play good cricket.”