Australian fringe spinners Ashton Agar, Todd Murphy in mix for India Test series

Australia have named fringe spinners Ashton Agar and Todd Murphy within the Prime Minister’s XI squad for the four-day tour match in opposition to the West Indies, holding in thoughts subsequent yr’s tour of India. Australia are slated to play 4 Checks and three ODIs throughout their tour of India in February-March subsequent yr.

Left-arm spinner Agar, who final performed a Take a look at in 2017, is getting back from a aspect pressure. He has 9 wickets from 4 Checks. From 61 first-class matches, the 29-year-old has an general common of 41.28 and putting at 80.7.

The uncapped 21-year-old off-spinner Murphy, then again, has 18 wickets from 4 first-class matches with a median of 30.44. Choice committee chairman George Bailey stated they have been totally different choices for the India tour in comparison with the squad for the house Checks in opposition to West Indies and South Africa.

“I’d envisage the tour to India could have some totally different names to it than what the tour does over the (Australian) summer time, simply due to the circumstances,” Bailey was quoted saying by ‘ESPNCricinfo’.

“There may be each probability to be very totally different. As a result of it’s an away tour you’re taking a barely greater squad anyway. Plus it’s behind a (residence) summer time and there’s an inexpensive quantity of cricket that might have been performed by then.” Center order batter Peter Handscomb, who has been in peak type recently, may be again within the reckoning.

“Pete stays completely on our radar,” Bailey stated.

“He was chosen on the Australia A tour to Sri Lanka within the winter, (however missed it attributable to) having a child on the identical time. He’s began the season fantastically and completed the final Protect yr fantastically.” The PM XI’s match will begin on November 23 and would be the West Indies’ warm-up fixture forward of their two-Take a look at collection in opposition to Australia, which begins in Perth on November 30.


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