Mitchell Swepson, Australian leg spinner who has been included in the Test squad for the forthcoming four-match series against India is raring to go against Virat Kohli.
Mitchell Swepson, who has picked 23 wickets and is leading wicket-taker in three Sheffield Shield matches at an average of 21.17 this season with as many as a five-wicket haul, is yet to make his Test debut.
Mitchell Swepson: It’s A Challenge And Exciting To Bowl To Best Batsman Virat Kohli
The 27-year-old Mitchell Swepson was included in the squad for the Sydney Test against New Zealand this year but was not included in the playing eleven. He could have been a certainty in playing eleven for the tour of Bangladesh just after that, but Covid-19 saw the series being postponed. He played a solitary T20I against England where he picked up two wickets.
He can now get a look-in against India. If he gets to play and is in XI in the Adelaide Test, he may get a chance to bowl to India skipper Virat Kohli who will skip the last three Tests. He should, however, play the warm-up games, the second of which is likely to feature the Indian skipper.
“You want to challenge yourself against the best, and it’s no secret he’s (Kohli) up there with the best,” Mitchell Swepson was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“For me it’s another challenge and another thing that excites me to be able to test myself against a great cricketer. 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,” he added.
Virat Kohli though would miss last three tests as his child is expected in January and BCCI have granted him paternity leave. The leg-break spinner Mitchell Swepson plays for Queensland and Brisbane Heat.
Mitchell Swepson: Nathan Lyon Has Proven Himself In Tests As He Has Been Premier Spinner For A While
Mitchell Swepson, though second choice to off-spinner Nathan Lyon, could in all certainty get to play the Sydney Test (January 7-11) where the team management may feature two spin bowlers on the spin-friendly surface.
“Gaz is obviously the premier spinner and has been for a while,” Swepson said about Lyon.
“He’s proven himself time and 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.”
“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.”
Nathan Lyon made his test debut in 2011 and holds the record for maximum wickets taken by an off-spinner in Tests where he has taken 390 wickets in 96 tests. He has also played 29 ODIs where he has taken 29 wickets.