Mitchell Swepson, uncapped Australian leg spinner knows it will be difficult to find a place in the XI in the four-match Test series against India as Nathan Lyon remains the premier spinner of the Australian side. Still, the youngster said he will be ready for the challenge if given an opportunity against a ‘world-class’ Indian batting line-up.
27-year-old Mitchell Swepson made his debut against England in a T20I which was his only international appearance so far. He is the leading wicket-taker in Sheffield Shield with 23 wickets in only 3 games with 3 five-wicket hauls.
Mitchell Swepson: Indian Batting Line-up Is World Class
Mitchell Swepson is raring to go against the solid Indian batting lineup consisting of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma. Virat Kohli though would be available for only the first-day night test.
“Their whole batting line-up is world-class. So any opportunity to bowl at those guys is a test for myself and a challenge I can’t wait to get,” Swepson was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
Mitchell Swepson said he always wanted to challenge himself against the best when asked about the prospect of bowling against Indian captain Virat Kohli, who will be available only for the first pink-ball Test match under lights in Adelaide before flying back home missing the last 3 tests for the birth of his first child.
“You want to challenge yourself against the best, and it’s no secret he’s up there with the best. For me it’s another challenge and another thing that excites me to be able to test myself against a great cricketer,” said the leg-spinner.
Mitchell Swepson has been knocking on the doors and was named in several squads for quite some time, but he is yet to play a test match. He was selected for the Bangladesh tour, but the series was postponed due to Covid-19. He picked up 23 wickets in three appearances in Sheffield Shield games this season at an average of 21.17.
Mitchell Swepson: Nathan Lyon Is Premier Spinner And Proven Himself
Mitchell Swepson agreed that Nathan Lyon will be the first-choice spinner in the team’s XI but if there is a chance to field two if conditions favour, he will be up for it. Nathan Lyon picked 390 wickets in 96 tests.
“Gaz is obviously the premier spinner and has been for a while,” Swepson said of Lyon.
“He’s proven himself time and time again in Test matches. I’m not counting my chickens too much there with getting a go above him. But if conditions suit, there may be a chance they play two spinners. Given the current times with COVID being around, and illness and things like that, you have to be ready to go no matter what,” said Swepson.
“I’ll be preparing to play all four games. If the chance comes, I’ll hopefully take it with two hands. And if not, so be it. I’m sure there’ll be more chances in the future,” concluded the uncapped spinner
The India vs Australia series starts with the three ODIs at Sydney on November 27. The tour will comprise of 3 ODIs, as many T20Is and 4 Tests, the latter starts on December 17.