Spinner Todd Murphy named as bolter in Australian squad for tour of India

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Uncapped spinner Todd Murphy has bolted into Australia’s Check squad for the tour of India, as selectors confirmed an 18-player squad for the four-Check Border-Gavaskar sequence.

He joins Ashton Agar and Mitchell Swepson as choices to companion frontline spinner Nathan Lyon on a tour that’s anticipated to characteristic low, gradual, turning wickets.

Swepson has been retained after struggling on Australia’s tour of Pakistan final yr — stored in favour of what can be a shock name up for white-ball specialist Adam Zampa.

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Victorian Sheffield Defend captain Peter Handscomb has additionally joined the touring social gathering alongside Matthew Renshaw, regardless of retiring harm after a success to the hip enjoying for St Kilda in a grade fixture on Tuesday evening.

Murphy had solely performed one first-class fixture previous to 2022, however has rocketed into rivalry after sturdy performances for Victoria, Australia A and the Prime Minister’s XI.

At 22, he’s seen as a possible long-term successor to the ageing Nathan Lyon, who thus far has not discovered a sustainable second spinner to companion him.

Murphy at the moment has 14 wickets to his title at a mean of 17.71 over simply three Sheffield Defend matches, and bowled Victoria to a final-day win over New South Wales within the final match earlier than the Massive Bash.

“Todd has emerged as a robust spin choice, having impressed in home cricket and not too long ago with Australia A”, stated chief selector George Bailey.

“Choice on this squad additionally gives one other alternative to spend time alongside Nathan Lyon and assistant coach Daniel Vettori in India which will probably be invaluable to his improvement.”

Opener Marcus Harris, launched from the Check squad after the recall of Matthew Renshaw for the New 12 months’s Check, has been omitted, whereas uncapped WA fast Lance Morris retains his place within the squad.

The tour is shaping as a possible debut alternative for Morris, with Mitchell Starc confirmed to not be becoming a member of the squad till after the primary Check in Nagpur with an injured finger.

Allrounder Cameron Inexperienced can also be racing the clock to be match with a fractured finger sustained within the Boxing Day Check in opposition to South Africa.

As foreshadowed by captain Pat Cummins in Sydney, left arm spinner Ashton Agar has been included regardless of going wicketless within the closing Check in opposition to South Africa.

Queensland bowler Michael Neser has additionally been snubbed in favour of Victorian Scott Boland, whereas West Australian wicketkeeper Josh Inglis misses out as nicely.

Within the occasion of harm to wicketkeeper Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb will seemingly take the gloves.

Australia and India will play 4 Assessments in lower than two months in Nagpur, Delhi, Dharamsala and Ahmedabad.

Australia has not received in India since their well-known 2004 sequence victory beneath Steve Waugh.


Pat Cummins (captain), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Inexperienced, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Matt Renshaw, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitch Swepson, David Warner


First Check: Nagpur, February 9 to 13

Second Check: Delhi, February 17 to 21

Third Check: Dharamsala, March 1 to five

Fourth Check: Ahmedabad, March 9 to 13

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