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Australia squad for India Exams: Todd Murphy, Handscomb named in 18-man workforce for Border-Gavaskar collection

Rising star Todd Murphy was on Wednesday included in Australia’s Take a look at squad for its India tour as a possible spin companion to Nathan Lyon, whereas batter Peter Handscomb was recalled.

Australia will take 4 spinners for the four-Take a look at collection in Nagpur, Delhi, Dharamsala and Ahmedabad in February-March with Mitchell Swepson additionally getting the nod together with Ashton Agar.

Allrounder Cameron Inexperienced and tempo spearhead Mitchell Starc had been each named in expectation of their returns from harm. Uncapped fast Lance Morris was retained within the squad as a back-up.

Opener Marcus Harris, who was within the squad for the final Take a look at towards South Africa in Sydney final week, missed out.

“After a successful home summer the squad is excited by the challenge a Test tour to the subcontinent provides,” mentioned chairman of selectors George Bailey.

“We have selected a squad that provides the depth and flexibility required to adapt depending on the conditions we may encounter.”

Bailey mentioned the mix of left and right-hand batters, 4 specialist spinners and 6 quick bowlers, together with Inexperienced, provided choices in various settings.

Murphy, 22, was favoured over white-ball specialist spinner Adam Zampa after sturdy performances for Victoria and Australia A over the previous 12 months, with selectors eyeing him as a long-term alternative for veteran Lyon.

“Todd Murphy has progressed quickly having impressed in domestic cricket and recently with Australia A. With those performances Todd has emerged as a strong spin option,” mentioned Bailey.

“Selection in this squad also provides another opportunity to spend time alongside Nathan Lyon and assistant coach Daniel Vettori in India which will be invaluable to his development.”

Handscomb, who has performed 16 Exams, has been in high quality contact within the home Sheffield Defend and was recalled for the primary time since 2019, becoming a member of Matthew Renshaw as reserve batters.

“Peter Handscomb deserves his place back in the squad. His domestic form has been strong recently and Pete has proven he can perform at Test level,” mentioned Bailey.

“His experience against spin on the subcontinent is valuable and he is also an exceptionally good close to the wicket catcher.”

Australia depart for India in early February.

Australia Take a look at squad for India tour: Pat Cummins (capt), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Inexperienced, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner.

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