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Australia’s selection for the Nagpur Test in the 2023 Border-Gavaskar Trophy infuriates a former Australian wicket-keeper.

Australia's selection for the Nagpur Test in the 2023 Border-Gavaskar Trophy infuriates a former Australian wicket-keeper.

Ian Healy, a former Australian cricketer, was unimpressed after reviewing Australia’s starting lineup for the first Test of the current Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Nagpur. Australia has two off-spinners, including Todd Murphy, a rookie, and Nathan Lyon.

The Nagpur pitch made headlines even before the Test match began because Australian journalists and former Australian cricketers made much of how spin-friendly the surface would be when some of its images went viral on social media.

It was probably a mistake to choose Ian Healy.
The 58-year-old said to SEN Radio that in his opinion, the selection was not the best one.
First, the former right-handed wicketkeeper-batter expressed his utter dismay at the Australian team’s decision to select rookie off spinner Todd Murphy. He questioned the management’s philosophy and claimed that the inclusion of Todd Murphy in the playing XI was of little further benefit because the youngster’s bowling motion was nearly identical to that of seasoned off spinner Nathan Lyon.

Healy claimed that while Murphy is unquestionably brilliant, he wouldn’t be an ongoing success for Australia because the Indians would be able to predict his play because it is so similar to Lyon’s. Additionally, he claimed that Australia had severely harmed themselves by choosing spin variants when Ashton Agar and Mitchell Swepson were available to play.

“We’ve left our most seasoned spinners, Ashton Agar and Mitch Swepson, on the bench, despite the fact that I believe he can bowl exceptionally effectively and is always right in Nathan Lyon’s shadow. They should put their Baggy Greens away if we aren’t going to use them for yesterday.
We definitely needed more experience and variety. Todd (Murphy) bowled really well, in my opinion. I don’t think they can remain around the wicket to right-handers as long today, they’re going to really have to get some shape, drifting away from the right-handers, and spinning back from outside off stump,” he said after walking around the wicket.


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