Todd Murphy has been strongly hinted at being included in Australia’s line-up for the first Test against India, which begins on Thursday, February 9 in Nagpur. Pat Cummins stated that the youngster has been making good progress in the nets.
Murphy, one of Australia’s four spinners, has yet to play a Test match. Despite only playing seven first-class games, he managed to take 29 scalps at 25.20. He will now work alongside Nathan Lyon in Nagpur.
Pat Cummins stated to the press on Wednesday:
“I think he’d be as prepared as he could be. He’s been bowling beautifully in the nets over here. He’s started really well for Victoria in first-class cricket.”
“If he got the nod, he’s got Nathan Lyon down the other end that he can work with; he’s ready. Everyone in the squad here has had really good preparation. Whoever we pick is 100% ready to go.”
“I don’t think you need to go searching for anything more; the conditions will come to you” – Pat Cummins
Looking ahead to the game in Nagpur, Pat Cummins stated that Australia has what it takes to win in these conditions, highlighting Nathan Lyon’s effectiveness. He went on to say:
“It’s a factor. These conditions, they really spin, so just really good bowling is what you’re after, being consistent time and time again. I don’t think you need to go searching for anything more; the conditions will come to you.”
“You’ve seen Nath be really, really effective over here with a lot of bat-pad, leg-slip catches for the right-handers. So ideally, you’ve got variety in any attack, but I don’t think it has to be the case just for that sake.”
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