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Bangladesh 427
Australia 6/145 Gilchrist 51*, Lee 13*
Day 2, stumps - Aus: Hayden lbw b Mashrafe Mortaza 6, Ponting lbw b Shahadat Hossain 21, Martyn b Mohammad Rafique 4, Hussey b Mohammad Rafique 23, Clarke b Haque 19, Warne c Khaled Mashud b Enamul Haque 6 Bang: Nafees 138, Bashar 76, Saleh 67, MacGill 8/108, Gillespie 2/47

MacGill still confident

Having spared Australia even more blushes by a career-best eight-wicket haul, leg-spinner Stuart MacGill believes his team can still recover from its precarious position against Bangladesh.

At stumps on day two, the Australians had collapsed to 6-145, still 282 runs short of Bangladesh's first innings total of 427 and requiring another 82 runs to avoid the follow on.

However, the damage could have been far greater had it not been for MacGill, the leg-spinner grabbing 8-108 as the final five Bangladeshi wickets fell for just 29 runs.

Beaten by Bangladesh in a one-dayer in England last year, MacGill believes the Australians can avoid a stunning defeat.

"The game is not finished," MacGill told The Daily Telegraph.

"The game is far from finished and although Bangladesh is in a very strong position I know that Australia will fight very hard to firstly get another bowl and then see what happens."

While MacGill has not played much Test cricket recently, he believes his teammates are starting to show the strain of a long season.

"We are tired. Not only have we been in the field for a day and-a-half but I think since the Ashes started this is our 16th Test which has been a pretty long summer," he said.

"I think if there is any question of fatigue, it's not to do with the work we've done off the field because we're prepared for cricket ... maybe we could have done with a bit more time to get acclimatised."

While Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore agreed, he was more concerned with how his team would handle being in the unusual position of controlling a Test match.

"We're very much in the driving seat in this Test match which is not a position we're used to," Whatmore said.

"How we handle this in the next day, two days will be interesting because we need to continue to be proactive rather than reactive."

"We're really enjoying the situation at the moment.

"We have had some happy moments in one day cricket but as far as Test matches go, given the opposition we're playing against, it is very, very pleasing."
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wow bangladesh seems to a really improving side, i am looking forward for them to be playing the 2007 world cup, they might suprise us all by winning the world cup, like sri lanka did in 1996
Have to say well done to the Bangladeshis, no excuses for Australia, only McGill and Gilly can hold their heads up at the moment.
You have to put this all in persepctive. Look where the two sides are coming from. This is probably the biggest test ever for the Bangladesh players, the best side in the world, for the first time, on their home soil. Australian players (Ricky Ponting mainly) have said in a roundabout way that they don't really want to be there. They're there for a quick result, not really to play cricket.
Also, the wicket has enabled such an outcome. Flat, dead, even bounce, no lateral movement. The better side should still win on such a pitch but it does remove much of the higher skill components of players.

Bangladesh will win matches against good sides on these types of pitches, but they will continue to be jokers on pitches that challenge the batsmen at all because they're not getting any practice on them.

I watched part of the 1st day, none of the 2nd, it's the type of cricket you'd see at a local ground playing on atrtificial wickets. How Australia managed to lose 6 wickets, I have no idea.

To the match: Australia need to score another 150 runs and then dismiss Bangladesh for under 200 and they should be able to chase down a total. Bangladesh just have to keep doing what they're doing.
I still tip Australia to win. Perhaps the thought of losing to Bangladesh will force them to take this a little more seriously.
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yeah, just one of those freaky bad days for aussie batsman, but as mcgill said, the game aint over yet. australia has this freakish way of coming back. maybe not this test but should win series.
Just reading a few reports today, it appears the pitch, yesterday, was doing all sorts of nasty things. I didn't see any of that on day one. Of course, it will only get worse as the match goes on.
Well glad to see a thread on this, I was gonna start one today :)
Not looking too good for you guys, Lee out for 15, Jason "Jesus" Gillespie is on 25*(85)
& Gilli got 105*(162).

I told your'll a while back about bangladesh, but some of you guys just dissed me, now you see what I was talking about. Even if your'll do some how win this test, you have to admit they had your'll crapping in your pants! Just imagine, "Bangladesh's first ever international test match win against Australia" Even SA couldnt do that!
Oh know spoke too soon Jesus is gone! Clark in, Aus 229/8 :D
Loved the thinking behind dropping Hodge. What a great idea that was.
Bang 2-58 lead by 216 runs! In HK for a while! What is going on?
Quite obviously it has been a LONG, LONG, LONG continuous tour by the Aussies.

England, OZ, SA and now Bangladesh. The boys just don't wanna be there.

They will save the day and their honour I am confident.

By the looks of the latest scores they will still win with a leg in the air.

BTW, even the great soprano Pavarotti puts in the odd bad performance or misses the odd high note. Just like the Aussie cricket team he remains great however.
bangas 4/103
261 in front
A little embarrassing, but oh well. Any other side, Bangladesh probably would have the match wrapped up by now!! :lol: See what happens in the next day, if the Aussies can take more quick wickets tommorrow & not concede too many runs, they can probably still win it.
I was thinking perhaps Gilly might go ahead with a double century but alas it was too much to ask with only 3 wickets remaining.

I dont know what the **** is wrong with the Aussies, but if you lot want to save face and respect you better pull some Rabbit out of the Hat antics to seal the deal.

Say whatever the hell happened to Clarke and Hussey? these guys need to redeem themselves.
as bobdabuilder said, there probably had a gutful and want to get home.
dont worry, if they loose this test they will with the next 2.
then we can all get some sleep/

5/124 at stumps/ 282 run lead.
I think the guys have forgotten they are playing South Africa and have to step up a notch now.
bangas 147/6 in 47.1 ov
lead of 305
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