A 0-2 series defeat to Bangladesh, at No. 9 in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team rankings, will send it from No. 5 to No. 6. Get live cricket score of Bangladesh vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 1, here.
It is the first time a Test match has been scheduled for the port city in September, deep within the monsoon season, and there is every chance it will prove impossible to produce a result.
While Handscombe's been primarily used as a batsman throughout his Test career, he's also kept for Victoria at state-level, and gives Smith and Australian selectors an option if they want to shake things up.
"They know they are under pressure, because normally they announce the eleven". They are a professional side so they know what they have to do.
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"It certainly can come into it", Smith said. In the lead-up to today's match Mushfiqur said that Bangladesh will continue their aggressive play and will not take the safe route, even though they can not lose the series. In his place comes West Australian all-rounder Hilton Cartwright, whose medium-pace will complement a three-pronged spin attack, featuring the recalled Steve O'Keefe, who replaces the injured Josh Hazlewood.
With the pitch being rock hard and expected - if the sun shines - to quickly lose whatever moisture it has accumulated after hours under the covers, it remains to be seen whether Bangladesh persist with the two-pacer strategy by picking both Mustafizur Rahman and Shafiul Islam or whether Nasir, Mominul and Imrul all play with Mustafizur as the lone pacer.
That would pave the way for Steve O'Keefe to play as a third spinner and replace Hazlewood ahead of paceman Jackson Bird.
Hilton Cartwright replaced out-of-sorts batsman Usman Khawaja who scored just one run each in his two innings in the first Test.