Uncapped and upcoming leg-spinning sensation, Mitchell Swepson has been named as the replacement for Mitchell Starc in Australia’s tour of Bangladesh which commences on 27th August. Mitchell Swepson was also in the squad to tour India last year but couldn’t get a look-in in any of the Tests. In another news and another jolt to his already injury-dented career, James Pattinson was also ruled out of the squad, after being initially included in it along with Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins. Tasmanian quick, Jackson Bird replaces him.
With Australia’s pay war between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketer’s Association finally coming to a truce, this is great news for cricket fans as Bangladesh will yet again be tested against a top quality side. For Steve Smith and his troop, it’s going to be a test of their mental ability more than technical as traditionally, Australia has more often than not, crumbled in sub-continent conditions. The likes of Peter Handscomb, Matt Renshaw had shown tremendous potential when they had come down to India and with David Warner and Steve Smith in their ranks, this could be a spicy contest against the Bangladeshi spin attack.
Australian selector, Trevor Hohns explained the reason behind including the completely unheralded leg-spinner who’s also just like 99 % of the other leg-spinners, comes from the Shane Warne school of action. “We are comfortable with the fast-bowling stocks we have in the squad so have opted to add an additional spinner given the conditions we are likely to face in Bangladesh. Mitchell is a very exciting young leg-spinner who we think will benefit immensely from further experience in the sub-continent.”