Nathan Lyon has backed Mitchell Swepson to complete an Australia “two-spin operation” despite speculation selectors are keeping their options open in Sri Lanka.
Swepson is the last specialist spinner to bowl in tandem with Lyon in a Test match as Australia clinched victory against Pakistan in the final session of the final day of the third and final Test in March.
But Lyon did the heavy lifting, taking 5-83 in the fourth innings in Lahore while Swepson went wicketless for the entire Test, ending the series with two wickets at 133.00 and a strike rate of 272.
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True that those figures don’t tell the full story — Swepson was somewhat down on his luck, particularly during the second Test when a number of close calls didn’t go his way.