Todd Murphy, an off-spinner from Australia, will play for County Championship team Durham in June and July in preparation for the Ashes in England. Murphy will participate in the first seven rounds of Championship games this year. Before the youngster’s stunning performance in the first Test match against India in Nagpur, where he picked up 7/124, the transaction was apparently finalised.
The 22-year-old has taken 36 wickets at an average of 23.75 in eight first-class games. Before to the “all-important” Ashes, the county stint will give him the necessary experience in English conditions and teach him about the Dukes ball.
According to The Guardian, Cricket Australia played a significant role in the agreement and would pay Murphy’s travel expenses during his time in the North East. He will collaborate with former Australian cricketers Marcus North and Ryan Campbell (director of cricket).
The spinner, who was born in Victoria, is expected to play at the start of the season before being freed if he is selected for the Ashes team. Prior to the Ashes, Murphy is the fourth cricketer from Australia to sign up for the County Championship. Notable players include Steve Smith, who will play three games for Sussex, Marnus Labuschagne, who will play for Glamorgan, and Michael Neser, who will play for Wales.
England supporters upset that Steve Smith will play County Cricket
There have been rumours circulating that Smith’s supporters were incensed that he was getting important Ashes preparation practise in English conditions. Ben Stokes, the captain of England, has debunked the notion that the Australian team will benefit from competing in the county competition.
Smith has participated in 16 Test matches for England, amassing 1727 runs at a stunning average of 59.55 with six hundreds and seven fifties. The Australian batter’s performance in England after participating in the county tournament will be interesting to watch.
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