Lyon: 'Australia not panicking after difficult day one'

After a mixed day for Australia and Nathan Lyon, the spinner insists there is no need to panic just yet in the Test against Bangladesh.

Nathan Lyon: "There's no demons in that pitch as yet, so it's a good opportunity for our batters."   -  Getty Images

Australia is not panicking despite a difficult opening day in the first Test against Bangladesh, according to Nathan Lyon.

Bangladesh endured a tough start in Mirpur, losing three wickets in the first four overs, but recovered well to post 260 and then reduced Steve Smith's side to 18-3 in the nine remaining overs of the day.

It was a mixed day for Lyon, too, who became just the eighth bowler to reach 250 Test wickets for Australia - and the second spinner after Shane Warne - before making a duck after being sent in as nightwatchman.

But he maintains the match is still in the balance and has confidence that Australia can turn its fortunes around on day two.

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"I wouldn't say panic is the word," said Lyon as he reflected on the run-out of Usman Khawaja and his own dismissal after David Warner had been trapped lbw.

"Run-outs are not ideal in any format of cricket - especially Test matches - but it's a game. We all make errors - I misjudged one.

"I think the game is in the balance and it's our opportunity to come out [Monday] morning, bat well, bat long, bat deep and see where we can take the game.

"We've got two very good batsmen. One is the number one in the world [Smith] and Matt Renshaw is a very talented young cricketer coming through.

"They're going to have to work hard, bat well, bat long partnerships. There's no demons in that pitch as yet, so it's a good opportunity for our batters.

"I think it's in the balance. Bangladesh probably have the momentum but, to lose the toss and bowl a team out for 260, that's always a pretty good result for a team. 

"It's not ideal losing three wickets."

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