Australia likely to play two spinners in West Indies

Krishna Chopra / 01 June 2016
Australia likely to play two spinners in West Indies

Australia will be up for a serious challenge on the slow and low pitches of the Caribbean for the upcoming tri series also featuring the Proteas. For any side to be successful in the Caribbean, it is essential for the spinners to lead the pack and attack the batsmen with their variations. Keeping that in mind, Australia are likely to play two spinners in their XI for the tri series.

Adam Zampa has just been a revelation in the last few weeks. The rookie leg spinner had an unforgettable outing in his debut IPL season, where he grabbed a six wicket haul while representing the Rising Pune Supergiants. Supporting Zampa would be the ever reliable Nathan Lyon, who despite being Australia’s go to bowler in tests, struggles to find a foothold in ODI’s.

Australia’s interim coach Justin Langer hinted that the Kangaroos could play two spinners for the upcoming tour. “In Guyana there might be a possibility of two spinners, it comes down to team balance as well,” Langer said. “I know Glenn Maxwell has talked about the importance of him developing his all-round ability, not just his batting, so he can play a role there,” said Langer.

“I know Nathan Lyon’s desperate to get back into the one-day side and he’s privately said the same thing. Adam Zampa’s had an excellent start to his international career and bowls legspin. We might have a look at how many left-handers and right-handers are in the different opposition combinations and in Guyana we may play more than one of them,” Langer said.

Langer elaborated on the management of the individuals in the Australian setup and highlighted that as a key aspect. “It’s a really interesting time for the Australian cricket team,” Langer said. “There’s a few changes in the coaching personnel for this tour and also with the players. We’ve got some guys coming from the IPL, some guys haven’t played much cricket for a little while now and a few guys coming back from injury, so we’re going to have to manage that well.”

“The concern for me is some of our guys haven’t played much cricket at all, and that might be important when we select the first team. Some of the guys who have been playing cricket in the IPL, albeit Twenty20 but they have been playing cricket and you can never underestimate that. So it’s really going to be a challenge how we get the balance right between giving guys match practice without any practice matches and getting the best team on the park as well,” the former Australian opener said.