I want Ashton Agar as second spinner on that India tour: Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann

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Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann has picked Ashton Agger as the second spinner for the upcoming tour of India where they will play four Tests. Nathan Lyon Set to lead the spin-bowling attack but Lehmann feels Agar can have the same impact as Steve O’Keefe on the 2017 tour. The left-arm spinner took 12 wickets in the Pune Test which was a rank-turner and helped Australia beat India.

Lehmann was the team’s head coach at the time and felt the finger spinner would do better in India on a spin-friendly surface. Todd Murphy and Mitchell Swepson are the other spinners in the 18-man squad to tour India.

Being there, I’m probably more interested in playing finger spinners. It just goes through the air fast and some rotates and some doesn’t. Leg-spinners sometimes spin too much, if that makes sense… (for finger spinners) some skids and you get hit inside and you get LBW.

That’s probably why they’re looking at finger spinners. We certainly did it four years ago (2017) and Steve O’Keefe basically bowled India out on his own in one of the last Test matches to win there. That’s why I’ll look at someone like Agar, bat a bit, bowl as that second spinner,” Lehmann said while speaking to Australia radio station SenQ.

Australia’s squad is looking pretty good, Lehmann said

Australia The World Test Championship (WTC) has more or less qualified for the final, with India needing to win the series at least 2-0 or 2-1 to advance to the top flight. Meanwhile, Australia only need to avoid a 4-0 whitewash on tour to secure their place in the final.

Coming back to Lehmann, he is also happy that the Australians have announced 18 players in the squad with plenty of spin options in the squad. He felt that Swepson’s presence will be important as the leggies are real wicket-takers and he can also play if the conditions are right.

I can’t believe there’s talk of him (Sweepson) not going, talk about the balance of the squad, if you pick 18 players, you want a pretty balanced squad. Most of the time we take only 15 (players) there. They have extra spinners, lots of options, no tour games, so they will choose the best option to win there I am sure.

It looks like a pretty good squad. If he is fit to play the leg-spinner as second spinner, then good for him,” the former Australia coach added.

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