Australia has picked an 18-man squad for the Border-Gavaskar series in India, including 22-year-old Todd Murphy, while they await the health of Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green. Murphy joins Ashton Agar and Mitchell Swepson as prospective spin partners for Nathan Lyon following a promising start to his First Class career.
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Murphy and the rest of the spin group were favored over Adam Zampa. Murphy’s selection is a credit to his good start in Sheffield Shield play, as well as his performances for Australia A and the Prime Minister’s XI, according to Australian Chairman of Selectors George Bailey. “Todd Murphy has advanced swiftly, impressing in domestic cricket and most recently with Australia A.
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Todd has emerged as a viable spin option as a result of their performances.”Selection in this team also gives them another chance to spend time in India with Nathan Lyon and assistant coach Daniel Vettori, which will be essential to his growth.
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With the announcement that Mitchell Starc would not join the team until after the first Test due to tendon injuries in his left middle finger, uncapped fast Lance Morris retains his spot in the squad during Australia’s home tour.
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Batters Peter Handscomb and Matt Renshaw will back up the top six in the touring team, with Marcus Harris, a part of Australia’s squad for their home summer, left out. Cameron Green, an all-rounder, is also racing to recover from a broken right index finger sustained during the Boxing Day Test against South Africa.
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