Australian spinner Mitchell Swepson said on Saturday that he is preparing to play all four Tests against India, even knowing that Nathan Lyon is the best spinner for the squad in the longest format of the game. Swepson’s international career hasn’t really taken off yet, and he may only be playing against India if the pitches are too spin-friendly and there is room to play two spinners together.
Gaz [Lyon] is clearly the best spinner, has been for a while, and has proven itself time and again in test matches, so I don’t count my chickens too much to get above him. But because of the way the ball is coming out in front of me right now, I feel like I’m in a really good place, “ESPNCricinfo quoted Swepson as saying.
“Obviously, the opportunity has to be there, and when the circumstances come out … you have to be ready anyway. I will prepare to play all four games. If the opportunity arises, I will. hopefully grab it with both hands., and if not, it will be. I’m sure there will be more opportunities in the future, “he added.
Swepson was in great shape for Queensland in the Sheffield Shield this season, with a total of 23 wickets from just three games.
All Shield games have taken place in Adelaide this season and he has a bigger role to play for Queensland than he likely would have in Brisbane.
Swepson said bowling for a world-class batting line-up in India would be a big challenge for him and he is looking forward to it.
“Hundred percent, you want to challenge yourself against the best and no secret [Kohli] is up there with the best. For me it’s just another challenge and something that thrills me, to be able to test myself against another great cricket player, and their whole at bat is world class, so the chance to bowl against those guys is just another test for myself, and a challenge I can’t wait for, ”said Swepson.
The first Test will be played from December 17th at the Adelaide Oval and will be a day-night affair.
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