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The Aussies Land at Dhaka with Renewed Confidence

Usman Khawaja & Ashton Agar make it to the final Eleven

CHASING its first Test series win in Asia since 2011, Australia takes on a rapidly improving Bangladesh.

The first Test kicks off on Sunday (August 27) in Dhaka, and the hosts head into the match full of confidence having won their last Test at the venue against England.

Australia meanwhile looks to build on a much-improved display in spinning conditions against India, where Steve Smith’s broke a nine-Test losing streak in Asia by triumphing in Pune before going down 2-1 in a tightly fought series.

 Australia skipper Steve Smith reveals playing XI for Sunday's opening Test in Dhaka

Usman Khawaja will play his first competitive game of cricket in more than seven months after the left-hander was recalled alongside left-arm spinner Ashton Agar to Australia's XI for the first Test on their Qantas Tour of Bangladesh.

Khawaja and Agar, who both spent the Test series in India running drinks, return in place of Shaun Marsh and Stephen O'Keefe respectively after they were left out of the 14-man squad for the Bangladesh tour.

AUSTRALIA: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Matthew Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Khawaja, who hasn't played a match at any level since January, will slot in at No.3 with captain Steve Smith moving down to No.4, while Agar will partner Nathan Lyon in a two-pronged spin attack.

Batting allrounder Hilton Cartwright, fast bowler Jackson Bird and leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson are the three members of the touring party to not feature in the XI.

 (Kaa ya'tak)

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