Australia's sole warm-up match against Bangladesh cancelled due to rain

Former Australia cricket player Stuart Mac Gill chats to former Pakistan bowler Fawad Ahmed at the Sydney Cricket Ground indoor nets

Former Australia cricket player Stuart Mac Gill chats to former Pakistan bowler Fawad Ahmed at the Sydney Cricket Ground indoor nets

Earlier this year Smith's side lost a four-test series in India 2-1 and the skipper said the two matches against Bangladesh would be an ideal platform to show what they had learned from the defeat.

Australia have not toured Bangladesh since 2006, and the Test starting next Sunday at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium has been long in the making. After being dropped for the India tour, he now finds himself in the reckoning in the Bangladesh series and knows how important it is for him to perform well."Proving myself is the furthest thing from my mind".

"We've decided not to do the tour game now, which is obviously a shame for both sides", he said.

Captain Steve Smith had played down the importance of the tour match before the squad's departure last week, which had followed a pre-tour camp in Darwin which included a three-day intra-squad match.

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"That's the challenge for us to get ready". We feel for the BCB and all the people of Bangladesh with how much rain they've had.It's a shame we're not playing but we've got great facilities here."At the end of the day, we just can't play on the ground as such". "Sometimes, shorter the match, the more exciting Test match it is in a way", he said.

"We're ready to go, it's just a case of fine-tuning our skills in the nets available and what we can get out of that".

The 47-year-old is also not too concerned by the fact that the last Test in Mirpur between Bangladesh and England ended inside three days in October 2016.

"He (Smith) is very proactive in the way we want to play".

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Cricket Australia agreed to reschedule the series this year only after Bangladesh promised head-of-state style security for the Baggy Greens.

This is a squad missing two of their most threatening bowlers from the recent tour of India in injured spearhead Mitchell Starc and axed spinner Stephen O'Keefe, while question marks remain over their collective ability to bat against high-quality spin on turning surfaces.

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