- Mitchell Swepson will make his debut in the second Test for Australia
- He was close to make a debut in 2017 and 2020 but couldn’t
- Swepson has 154 wickets in 86 FC matches
The Australian leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson is all set to make his international debut for Australia in the second Test fixture against Pakistan here in Karachi. Talking to the press in a virtual conference, skipper Pat Cummins confirmed the inclusion of leg-spinner as he announced the final playing eleven who would face the hosts in the second Test starting this Saturday.
Speaking about the debut, the captain told the press that the entire team is happy for the 28-year-old’d integration. Cummins said that the leggie is ready for the big occasion and is a big part of the squad.
“He’s pumped and to be honest, we’re all pumped for ‘Swepo’. It’s been a long time running drinks over the last couple of years, but he’s absolutely ready.”
“He’s been a huge part of the squad, even though he hasn’t been playing. So we’re really excited to see him get a chance. The wicket here is a little bit drier and historically a bit friendlier for the spinners.”
Mitchell Swepson was first inducted into the team in 2017 when Australia toured India but never got the chance to play for the team. Later in 2020, it was hoped that he’ll play against the touring team New Zealand but that chance also got wasted. Notably, the bowler has 154 wickets from 86 First Class (FC) matches and on Saturday he will be the first leg-spinner to make it to the XI since 2009.
The first Test played in Rawalpindi between the two teams ended in a dull draw. The five days play saw a total of 1187 runs scored and 14 wickets. Later the pitch was graded as ‘below average’ by the ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle.
Australia’s Playing XI
Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head,