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Handscomb ready for Bangladesh challenge

Peter Handscomb speaks to the media prior to an Australian Test team nets session in Dhaka.
Peter Handscomb speaks to the media prior to an Australian Test team nets session in Dhaka. Robert Cianflone

AUSTRALIAN middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb says the team is ready for anything as it gets set for the two-Test series in Bangladesh.

The tourists have trained for the first time in Dhaka ahead of the first Test starting on August 27.

They were due to play a warm-up match against a Bangladesh Cricket XI with team staff set to visit Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium on Monday morning to inspect whether the ground has recovered from recent flooding caused by monsoonal rain.

Handscomb conceded that ideally the squad's preparation would be boosted by the match going ahead, but he didn't see it as a major issue if it was cancelled.

"I don't think we'd be going into that first Test cold, whether the tour match goes ahead or not,” he said.

"We had a great preparation up in Darwin, we managed to play a three-day game intra-squad game there.

"I think everyone got what they needed out of it and we know obviously the BCB are doing everything they can to get the pitches up for us and whatever training we can get here, depending on the weather of course.

"I'm sure the boys will be fine and ready to go.”

A lot of talk before the series has been about Australia players' struggles on sub-continent pitches but Handscomb said he would be flexible about his approach to the two matches.

"I actually don't think it's a bad thing going into the subcontinent with an open mind,” he said.

"I think if you haven't played too many games in the subcontinent, you're not too worried about how it's going to go and what it's going to do.

"If you go in with an open mind, you can play with a bit more freedom rather than go in thinking the ball is going to do everything.

"You're almost walking out there (after already) getting yourself out.”

Meanwhile, Bangladesh has made a u-turn on the decision to drop star batsman Mominul Haque from the squad to face Australia after a uproar on social media.

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan said he personally instructed selectors and team management to include Mominul, who holds the highest Test average of 46.88 by any Bangladeshi batsman having played a minimum of 20 innings.

"There was no reason Mominul should be dropped,” Nazmul said.

"I have spoken (to selectors and coach Chandika Hathurusingha) why he was dropped. I think he became a victim of situation. I would say he has no reason to feel upset.”

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