West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite says he expects Bangladesh to put up a tough fight on home turf when they kick off a two-Test series on Thursday.

The visitors start the series as favourites having thumped Bangladesh in back-to-back Tests during their tour of the Caribbean in July.

But Brathwaite exercised caution ahead of this week’s series opener, saying Bangladesh could exploit their home advantage against the visiting side.

The bans on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will not be reduced, says Cricket Australia (CA).

Smith and Warner were suspended for 12 months and Bancroft for nine for ball-tampering in South Africa in March.

The Australian Cricketers’ Association wanted the punishment lifted after an independent review into Cricket Australia found it to be partly to blame. But Cricket Australia interim chair Earl Eddings said that “it is not appropriate to make any changes to the sanctions”.

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