Former Australian Cricketer Mike Hussey heaped praise on Todd Murphy for this impressive show in the ongoing Border Gavaskar Trophy. Murphy played ahead of experienced Ashton Agar in the first test and picked up 7 wickets in the lone innings that Australia bowled.
In the second and third tests, Australia went with three spinners and they were impressive in both games with Nathan Lyon being the leading wicket-taker. Speaking on the SEN network podcast Mike Hussey said that Murphy is Splendid with the ball and added that he would go with Matthew Kuhnemann in the final test if Australia opts to go with two spinners because he can take the ball away from the right-handers.
“I’ve been impressed with Murphy, he looks really good. Having said that though, I like to have the balance in the attack where you’ve got one guy spinning it into the right-hander and one guy spinning away. I’d probably lean towards Kuhnemann, but only for that reason that he’s turning the ball in the opposite direction.”
Matthew Kuhnemann who made his debut in Delhi has been highly impressive for Australia and played a vital role in Australia’s victory in the third test. Kuhnemann picked up a 5-wicket haul in the 1st innings picking up the all-important wickets of Shubman Gill and Rohit Shama. It will interesting to see whether Australia opts to go with the winning combination or bring in a pacer in their playing 11.
Nathan Lyon Can Play As Long As He Wants – Mike Hussey
Mike Hussey believes that Nathan Lyon can play as long as he wishes to play in the longer format. Hussey lauded Lyon for his longevity in red-ball cricket and added that he still got some years to play International cricket until he remains fit.
“While being aged 35 is usually nearing the end for a cricketer, Hussey doesn’t believe that’s the case for Lyon when asked how long the off-spinner could continue donning the baggy green. As long as he wants really. He’s been amazing with his longevity and he’s still pretty young really. He’s got years and years to go, as long as his body keeps holding up”.
Mike Hussey continued that spinners usually peak in their 30s and added that it is tough to master the art of bowling at that level of consistency
“They always say spinners come into their peak into their 30s and maybe into their late 30s, it’s a tough art and I don’t see why he can’t keep going for a long time, ”
Australia will take on India in the fourth and final test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy in Ahmedabad. Australia will look to try to draw the series in the final test under the leadership of Steve Smith.