AUS vs. PAK 2022 | Mitchell Swepson to make debut in second Test against Pakistan

Australia drew the first Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi on an extremely flat surface and the lack of spinners reduced their chances of dismissing opposition batsmen. Australia have now announced they will give Mitchell Swepson his Test debut as another slow and bouncing wicket looms for the second Test.

Australia are currently playing a three-game Test series against Pakistan and the first Test of the series ended in a draw. The extremely flat terrain has been heavily criticized due to its nature and also ICC called it “below average”. As another slow wicket loomed in game two, Australia handed leg-beater Mitchell Swepson a test start.

Swepson made his first tour with the national team in 2017 but came on as Nathan Lyon’s back-up and didn’t have a chance in the playing XI. He will be the first front-row player to make his debut in the Australian squad since Bryce McGain’s one-time test in 2009 against South Africa. Australia captain Pat Cummins revealed the team were delighted to see Swepson make his debut.

“He’s (Swepson) pumped, to be honest we’re all pumped. He’s been a big part of the team, even though he hasn’t played, so we’re glad to see him get a chance,” said Pat Cummins before the second test.

Only the leg-spinner will replace Josh Hazlewood but other than that there is no change to the Australian squad that took part in the first test. The first test saw only 14 wickets fall in 14 sessions. Cummins is of the opinion that spin bowling is more dangerous than speed bowling in Karachi.

“We think in particular that a wrist-spinner of Swepo’s quality gives us a better opportunity to take 20 wickets. History shows rotation is probably more damaging here than pacemakers,” he said.

Swepson won 154 wickets in 51 Premier Class games averaging 33.45, but three of his four five-wicket runs came in three successive Sheffield Shield Premier Class domestic games at the end of 2020.

Nathan Lyon could take just one wicket on a dead run at Rawalpindi after netting 78 overs in two innings. He conceded 236 points in the game and fired Abdullah Shafique.

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