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Last Updated: Friday, 18 July, 2003, 07:30 GMT 08:30 UK
Australia seize command
First Test, Darwin, day one: Bangladesh 1st innings 97; Australia 1st innings 121-2 (at close)

Australia's Brett Lee is congratulated by captain Steve Waugh
Lee (left) took three wickets for Australia
Australia laid the foundations for a convincing win after racing through the Bangladesh batting line-up at the Marrara Oval.

They took just 42 overs to dismiss the tourists and then moved into the lead by the close, with Darren Lehmann reaching 51 not out.

A mis-match had been expected with Bangladesh having lost 18 of their 19 games since gaining Test status.

But suggestions that Australia could win the match inside one day were proved to be fanciful as the Bangladesh bowlers picked up two early wickets in a disciplined performance.

Steve Waugh's decision to put Bangladesh in after winning the toss was no surprise and only four runs were on the board when Glenn McGrath trapped Hannan Sarkar lbw for nought.

What followed was predictable as only two Bangladesh batsman passed 20, with McGrath taking 3-20, Brett Lee 3-23 and Jason Gillespie and Stuart MacGIll sharing the other four wickets.

Mohammad Ashraful, who holds the record of the youngest batsman to make a Test century, top scored with 23 before pulling McGrath straight to Gillespie at fine leg.

Mohammad Ashraful batting in Darwin
Ashraful collects one of Bangladesh's six boundaries

The biggest partnership of 27 was put together by captain Khaled Mahmud and his predecessor Khaled Mashud, who hung around for over an hour for 11.

Mahmud hit three boundaries in his 21 but fell to MacGill as the last four wickets went down for only 10 runs.

Bangladesh were soon celebrating, however, when Australia began their reply as Matthew Hayden dragged a ball from Mashrafe bin Mortaza into his stumps and was out for 11.

There was more good news when Ricky Ponting attempted to drive a ball from Tapash Baisya and was superbly caught in the covers by a diving Habibul Bashar for 10.

By and large, I think our bowlers gave a very good account of themselves
Tigers coach Dav Whatmore
Opener Justin Langer took 21 balls to register his first run and raised his bat to acknowledge ironic cheers from the crowd when he finally broke his duck.

But he continued to avoid unnecessary risk in reaching 40 not out from 127 balls, with Lehmann only marginally more aggressive as they added 78 in 27 overs.

Lehmann lofted leg-spinner Alok Kapali back over his head for the only six of the day and reached his half century with a single to long-on two overs before the close.

  • Australia are hoping to stage a Test match against Sri Lanka in Darwin next year.

    "The weather is perfect to play cricket at this time of year and we are thrilled with the response we've had from the locals to this week's Test match," said Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.

    Australia: Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting, Darren Lehmann, Steve Waugh (captain), Martin Love, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Stuart MacGill, Glenn McGrath.

    Bangladesh: Javed Omar, Hannan Sarkar, Habibul Bashar, Mohammad Ashraful, Al-Shariar Rokon, Alok Kopali, Khaled Mashud, Khaled Mahmud (captain), Mashrafe Mortaza, Tapash Baisya, Manjural Islam.

    Umpires: Rudi Koertzen and David Shepherd.

    Jim Maxwell reports for BBC Sport
    "Bangladesh couldn't withstand Australia's experienced bowling"

    Australia's Brett Lee
    "I thought Bangladesh played well"

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