Mitchell Swepson backed by Shane Warne

Three decades after making his debut at SCG, Shane Warne has supported Australia’s voters to give Mitch Swepson an Ashes debut if SCG is to win.

With the ashes over and trips to Pakistan and Sri Lanka on the horizon, Australia’s selectors could turn their attention to being proactive and make a debut for the Queensland leg-spinner.

Make the opportunity so much the more attractive is the all-round opportunity for Cameron Green, who once again shone with the ball in Melbourne and got the final wicket to secure Ashes on Tuesday.

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While everyone has long regarded Michael Neser as Australia’s most unlucky player before his fantastic debut in Adelaide, Swepson challenges that cloak.

The 28-year-old first toured with Australia to India five years ago and has been constantly around the squad ever since in all three formats.

Warne, who made his debut against India in 1992, believes it is worth considering giving the play spinner a debut.

“I’m sure Australia would look at two spinners and Mitchell Swepson would be one of them,” Warne said

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“I think they want to give Mitchell Swepson a game before all the tournaments on the subcontinent because there are a few on the way, so I think they want to look at him.

“Whether they play two or rest Nathan Lyon for a test, if they can win this series, they can play a spinner, with Cameron Green you can play two, it’s definitely worth considering.”

Swepson’s first-class average is 33.76 with the ball, but like most spinners, he has gotten better with each passing year.

During the 2020-2021 Sheffield Shield season, Swepson was the third-highest wicket-taker with 32 wickets at 23.40 from five games. Lyon, Australia’s first-choice spinner in the last decade, was the highest wicket-taker with 42 wickets to 25.97 from nine matches.

In seven T20 matches for Australia, Swepson has 11 wickets at 15.72 to show he can handle the pressure of bowling on the international stage.

Against the England Lions earlier this month, Swepson took four wickets in the match.

“I think he’s good,” Warne said.

“I think Mitchell Swepson is really good, spins it, aggressive, does not mind being hit. I think he’s a good bowler. “

How Australia’s voters can push Swepson in is still a problem in itself.

Jhye Richardson and Neser, who were called up after an injury to Josh Hazlewood and Covid scare to captain Pat Cummins, were given the 2nd Christmas Day test to recover from small piglets just a week after excelling in Adelaide.


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Hazlewood will likely be able to return to the SCG Test, while Scott Boland would fall into the Jason Gillespie category for the unlucky players to be dropped should he be left out.

Another possibility would be if Australia’s voters took the unusual step of resting Lyon, who have returned to their best form since their 400th wicket at Gabba earlier this month.

“It’s something to consider with so much cricket on the way for Nathan Lyon,” Warne said.

“Now he’s back to bowling well, since his 400th wicket he looks like a completely different bowler.

“It’s one of the things you have to weigh up in, but it’s too far out to make those decisions, but it’s something you have to consider.

‘I think Swepson will do quite well in international cricket. He has played for it, he has played for it. “

“A first test match is pretty nervous, scary for everyone, so once you play one, except probably Scotty Boland, your next one will probably be a little bitter, you will be a little more confident in yourself,” Cummins told reporters after their innings victory in Melbourne.

“If Swepson debuted and he suddenly goes on a subcontinent tour, you’d think experience is a good thing. But we’ll wait and see, it’s an Ashes series, we have to pick the XI we think will win that test match. in Sydney.

“He has been absolutely brilliant around the squad, he was also part of the T20 winning team. He’s great, he’s coaching the house down, he’s bowling beautifully in Shield cricket, and he’ll definitely get a chance one day, and once he does, he’ll take it, he’s ready to go.

Former Australian left-hander Mike Hussey said he thought the balance on the team was “excellent” at the moment and warned against switching a winning team for its sake.

“No, not in Australia, it’s an Ashes series,” Hussey said “We have to win the ashes, that’s the most important thing.

Even though Australia won here (in Melbourne), I would still be reluctant, I would still like to play against my best team to win here in Australia.

Mitchell Swepson has long been thinking about a test debut.Source: Getty Images

“It would be tough for Swepson, he has not played much cricket. He has been around the team and trained a lot of nets, but I think he has played an ‘A’ match and that’s about it. , so it would not be easy for him to go into an ashtray with not much training under his belt.

“The Australian Test team is not a team where you think, let’s give someone a chance and see how he is. You have to earn that place on the team through really good performances and when you get there, you want to stick to it and you will not give your position away to someone else just to rest, you can rest when you retire. ”

Adam Gilchrist said it was too early to make a call, but if the SCG wicket seemed to take a spin, he would not be opposed to the idea.

“What I suppose is that that kind of consideration would already be in the minds of voters given what lies ahead,” Gilchrist said.

“But I would not think that they would do it in a way that makes them weaken their team in the pursuit of winning the test match in Sydney. I would think that they would only do so if the conditions are right, and they feel that an opportunity like Swepo could achieve that victory.

“I do not think anyone would fault him for an opportunity because he has been limited by chances on the pitch for the last 12-18 months, but he is presented every time he has had an opportunity, more often with white ball and some impressive “It’s encouraging that there are some that people in and around the Australian cricket team feel are high enough to play Test cricket.”


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