Sri Lanka vs Australia: Mitchell Swepson to partner Nathan Lyon in 1st Test, confirms Pat Cummins

Back in March, leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson played two Tests against Pakistan and picked up as many wickets at an average of 133.

Mitchell Swepson of Australia. Courtesy: AP

Mitchell Swepson of Australia. Courtesy: AP

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The opening Test in Galle will start on June 29
  • Swepson played in the Test series against Pakistan
  • Australia will go into the series after losing the ODIs 2-3

Pat Cummins has confirmed that leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson will partner Nathan Lyon in the opening Test against Sri Lanka, set to get underway on Wednesday, June 29 at the Galle International Stadium. Back in March, Swepson played two Tests against Pakistan and picked up only two wickets at an average of 133.

He had become the first leg-spinner to debut for the Aussies since Bryce McGain, who forayed into top-level cricket back in 2009. Cummins reckoned that despite not picking up a whole lot of wickets in Pakistan, Swepson didn’t flatter to deceive.

“We’re really happy with ‘Swepo’. He is bowling beautifully and really ready for this one. I think his role here might be slightly different as well. Pakistan we knew was going to be a slow grind and I thought he did his job despite not taking the wickets he would like. He was a really important cog in that bowling engine,” Cummins was quoted as saying.

Cummins mentioned that it’s a luxury to have a leg-spinner in the playing eleven. “It’s always exciting having a leggie in the side as a captain. It feels like a real luxury to throw him the ball and see him go about it,” he stated.

Cummins also felt that playing in the series against Sri Lanka may not be the same as playing in Pakistan. “What we have been talking about a bit compared to Pakistan is I think the tempo is going to be a bit different,” Cummins added.

In the meantime, there’s no surety about Travis Head’s participation in the Galle Test. Earlier, the southpaw sustained a hamstring strain and will have to pass a fitness test on the eve of the game. It has also been learned that Glenn Maxwell, who made his Test comeback, would replace Head if the latter fails the fitness test.

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