The pitch for the first test turned out to be a flat one where Australia couldn’t manage to pick more than 4 wickets in 239 overs in both the innings combined. Australia have made a selection blunder in the first test where they went in with only one spinner in Nathan Lyon which, they have realised that as a mistake and have decided to bring in an additional spinner for the 2nd test here at Karachi.
Australia have decided to drop their most accurate bowler in Josh Hazlewood for the 2nd test and are handing over a debut to Mitchell Swepson, the leg spinner to partner Nathan Lyon. The wicket is definitely expected to be more spin friendly for the 2nd game and Pakistan cricket board has already garnered a lot of criticism for the pitch of the first test.
Though, bringing in an additional spinner for the 2nd test is the right move, dropping Josh Hazlewood, one of the most accurate bowlers in world cricket, and one who could bowl dry spells when the conditions are batting friendly is a questionable act.
It was down to either of Mitchell Starc or Josh Hazlewood missing out for the 2nd game and Australia have decided to drop the bowler whose ER in Asia is 2.4 and play with Mitchell Starc whose ER is 3.3.
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Mitchell Swepson is the wrist spinner from Queensland who has a first class average of 34 for 154 wickets in 51 games. He has 9 four wicket hauls and 4 five wicket hauls for Queensland. He has already played 7 T20 internationals for Australia and this will be his debut test match.
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