Nathan Lyon, the popular Australian spinner, is doing great in the home series against the neighbors New Zealand. The Australian team is doing well and has taken the three-match series 2-0. The New Zealand batters have not been able to find a good batting patch to get an ascendency over the Aussie quickies and also Lyon some extent. The last Test of the series will start on 3rd January 2020 in Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Shane Warne had suggested that Nathan Lyon take a break during the forthcoming Test to give Swepson a taste of Test cricket. This has not gone down well with Lyon, who has retaliated that he will not heed to Warne’s suggestion of taking a rest to give Swepson a chance to play the 3rd Test. Warne had said that either Lyon or one of the quickies could be replaced with Swepson.
Lyon said that he would not be resting and asked if Warne ever thought of resting himself to give his spin bowling partner Stuart MacGill the option to play ahead of him. Lyon said that the SCG wicket could help the spinners and there are even talks of including two spinners in the Australian attack for the 3rd Test.
Lyon acknowledges that Mitchell is a fine bowler who has done wonders for Queensland. He is happy that there is a fight for a place in the Australian bowling squad and is happy that the Aussie team is a versatile one. No matter what the pitch and the playing conditions are Australia can always come up with a squad to suit the playing conditions.
Swepson has been knocking on the doors of the Australian bowling team for quite some time now. He was included in the Australian team that went to India in 2017 but, did not make his debut there. Lyon says that Swepson’s skills could turn out to be very handy on an expected spinning pitch in Sydney.
Lyon was full praise of the rip that Swepson gives to the ball. This is a trademark of a spinner and he loves to see this feature in all the spinners. Lyon says that if Swepson gets a look in for the New Year Test against New Zealand, he feels that they would be a deadly spinning combination in the match.
Lyon feels that the inclusion of Swepson in the team will not affect his role in the team. He says that SCG is known to assist the spinners and he does not know its present condition as he has not visited the ground in two months.
Swepson had spent a good time with Warne in Melbourne Cricket Ground nets and he also had a chance to interact with Lyon. The office said that he has had good interactions with Swepson and had also watched him bowl at the nets. He feels that Swepson has a clear mind and a plan and he has advised him to stick to his plans when the opportunity comes knocking and not change anything.
Lyon said that what Swepson has done so far is what has brought him to this current position. He needs to back himself and stay strong and do the same that has worked for him in state cricket on the international circuit too. If he gets to play many international games for Australia, the results are bound to come his way.
Swepson is a leg spinner and they bring a new dimension to the game. Lyon says that he loves bowling with another spinner in tandem. He feels that two spinners can bowl overs quickly and also try to build pressure on the batsmen. Lyon said that he has not seen the leggie bowl in a game for a while now. But, what he has seen at the MCG nets suggests that Swepson is very clear of what he wants to do and would also be successful in that.
It will be interesting to see what the Australian team management and captain Tim Paine thinks about playing two spinners for the SCG match. Many are hoping that Swepson gets a shot of playing Test cricket in Sydney. It will be revealed when the Australia and New Zealand captains take to the field for the toss.