Australian cricket team in Bangladesh in 2017

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Australian cricket team in Bangladesh in 2017
  Flag of Bangladesh.svg Flag of Australia.svg
  Bangladesh Australia
Dates 22 August–8 September 2017
Captains Mushfiqur Rahim Steve Smith
Test series
Result 2-match series drawn 1–1
Most runs Tamim Iqbal (170) David Warner (251)
Most wickets Shakib Al Hasan (12) Nathan Lyon (22)
Player of the series David Warner and Nathan Lyon (Aus)

The Australia cricket team toured Bangladesh in August and September 2017 to play two Test matches.[1] It was Australia's first tour to Bangladesh since 2011.[2] Bangladesh won the first Test by 20 runs, their first ever victory against Australia in a Test match.[3] Following the win, Bangladesh's captain Mushfiqur Rahim said "It's a great feeling beating Australia, and I think it was a great effort by the boys".[4] Australia's Steve Smith said "I think they're a dangerous side, particularly here at home".[5] Australia won the second Test by 7 wickets, therefore drawing the series 1–1.[6]

Australia were originally scheduled to tour Bangladesh in September 2015, but this was cancelled due to security concerns.[7][8] Following England's tour to Bangladesh in October 2016, James Sutherland, CEO of Cricket Australia (CA), said the chances of Australia playing in Bangladesh were "quite high".[9] In April 2017, both CA and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) were negotiating the fixtures for the tour.[10] Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the BCB's chief executive, said they "are now working on the schedule and other details with CA".[11] In May 2017, security assessments took place.[2] Later the same month, Cricket Australia sent a security team to Bangladesh to finalise arrangements for the tour.[12]

Representatives from both CA and the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) undertook a pre-tour security visit on 24 July 2017.[13] However, there was an ongoing pay dispute between Australian cricketers, CA and the ACA, with the BCB being informed of the possibility of the tour not going ahead.[14] Earlier in July, the Australia A cricket team had pulled out of a tri-series tournament in South Africa because of the dispute.[15] Australia's Test squad said they would attend a training camp in Darwin ahead of the series, but would not fly to Bangladesh unless there was a resolution to the pay dispute.[16] On 1 August 2017, Australia's captain Steve Smith said that the pay negotiations were progressing, but they needed to be finalised before the tour starts.[17] The following day, a deal was reached in the pay dispute, allowing for the Test series to go ahead as planned.[18][19] The Australian team arrived in Bangladesh on 18 August 2017, under heavy security.[20]

Prior to the tour starting, the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, the venue for the tour match, was waterlogged.[21] The BCB looked at two alternative venues to play the fixture, in case the ground was not ready in time.[21] However, one day before the scheduled start of the match, it was called off, because of the waterlogging.[22]


 Bangladesh[23]  Australia[24]

Before the series started, Mitchell Swepson was added to the squad and Jackson Bird replaced James Pattinson.[25][26] Mominul Haque was added to Bangladesh's squad for the first Test, after Mosaddek Hossain suffered an eye infection.[27] Steve O'Keefe was added to Australia's squad ahead of the second Test, as a replacement for Josh Hazlewood, who was injured.[28]

Tour match: BCB XI v Australia[edit]

22–23 August 2017
  • The match was called off due to waterlogging.[22]

Test series[edit]

1st Test[edit]

27–31 August 2017
260 (78.5 overs)
Shakib Al Hasan 84 (133)
Ashton Agar 3/46 (12.5 overs)
217 (74.5 overs)
Matt Renshaw 45 (94)
Shakib Al Hasan 5/68 (25.5 overs)
221 (79.3 overs)
Tamim Iqbal 78 (155)
Nathan Lyon 6/82 (34.3 overs)
244 (70.5 overs)
David Warner 112 (135)
Shakib Al Hasan 5/85 (28 overs)
Bangladesh won by 20 runs
Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Nigel Llong (Eng)
Player of the match: Shakib Al Hasan (Ban)

2nd Test[edit]

4–8 September 2017
305 (113.2 overs)
Mushfiqur Rahim 68 (166)
Nathan Lyon 7/94 (36.2 overs)
377 (119.5 overs)
David Warner 123 (234)
Mustafizur Rahman 4/84 (20.5 overs)
157 (71.2 overs)
Mushfiqur Rahim 31 (103)
Nathan Lyon 6/60 (33 overs)
87/3 (15.3 overs)
Glenn Maxwell 25* (17)
Mustafizur Rahman 1/16 (5 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Umpires: Ian Gould (Eng) and Nigel Llong (Eng)
Player of the match: Nathan Lyon (Aus)
  • Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat.
  • No play was possible before lunch on day 3 due to rain.
  • Nathan Lyon's match figures of 13/154 were the best by an Australian bowler in Asia.[32]
  • Nathan Lyon also took the most wickets in a two-Test series by an Australian bowler (22).[33]


  1. ^ Twelve teams have Test status, with Afghanistan and Ireland being awarded it in 2017. Neither team had yet played their first Test.


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