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Steve O’Keefe backs Australia’s spin depth for 2022 Asia mission



He believes Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson and Ashton Agar should be considered in the same XI

Steve O’Keefe believes Australia are building a group of spinners that could help the Test side pose a challenge in the subcontinent next year in a run of series that will define their World Test Championship chances.
Australia are due to tour Pakistan for the first time since 1998 in February and March, Sri Lanka in mid-year and then India, which will make up their away series before the start of the next home season in the new WTC cycle which started with the drawn England-India Test at Trent Bridge.
Australia have not won in the subcontinent since beating Sri Lanka 1-0 in 2011. While the multiple series will be as much a test for the batting as the bowling, O’Keefe, who played seven on his nine Tests overseas which included the career of his 12 for 70 in Pune, sees evidence that the spin stocks have turned a corner with the development of Mitchell Swepson and improvements from Ashton Agar.
Incumbent Nathan Lyon, currently stalled on 399 Test wickets, was the leading Sheffield Shield wicket-taker last season with 42 at 25.97 and Swepson took 32 wickets at 23.40 in what felt like a breakout campaign for the legspinner although Agar’s numbers were a more modest 14 wickets at 42.21 with him limited to four matches.

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