Australia have recalled left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe for the injured Hazlewood and could play him alongside their frontline spinners Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar.
The final piece of the puzzle is the position of wicketkeeper, with some reports saying Matthew Wade could make way for part-time keeper Peter Handscombe.
Australia will join Zimbabwe and Windies as the only Test-playing countries to have lost a series to Bangladesh if it fails to win in Chittagong, a statistic it will want to avoid, weather permitting.
More than a third of Bangladesh is under water after strong, consistent rains in the monsoon season and the location of the second Test, Chittagong on the southeast coast, is expected to be battered by heavy rain and thunderstorms.
Hilton Cartwright has come in for Khawaja to provide pace depth.
“I don’t think the forecast is great for the first day tomorrow, so we might turn up to the ground and it be raining and we may need to change our decision again”.
“They know they are under pressure, because normally they announce the eleven”. Smith’s allusion to Bangladesh’s record came in response to talk emanating from the home camp that it was possible to beat the Aussies 2-0.
“It is a morale boost”. They are a professional side so they know what they have to do. They are probably under pressure but it doesn’t mean they will lose. “They now understand that they must plan well against us”. Bangladesh, ranked ninth in the ICC Test rankings to Australia’s fourth, are hoping to shed their underdog status with a series sweep against Smith’s men.
There is understandably some pressure on the Australians after their first-ever Test loss against Bangladesh on a tour that was only confirmed at the 11th hour following the resolution of a pay dispute between the players and the board that ended with the players having their way.