Australian leg spinner Mitch Swepson believes his skills can come in handy in all three formats, as the Queenslander prepares for what could be heavy T20 preparation ahead of an upcoming Test appearance.
Swepson has played Australia’s last four Tests in Pakistan and Sri Lanka since his long-awaited debut in March this year, but is realistic about his chances of making the XI when the home Test kicks off against the West Indies in Perth on 30 november. .
Barring injury to Nathan Lyon, Swepson’s next international cap appears to be against India next February, when Australia embark on a much-anticipated four-Test tour to the subcontinent’s powerhouse.
Not that the 28-year-old – who has 10 wickets in his first four Tests – let it cool his mind as he embraces the prospect of a long run with Queensland and the Brisbane Heat.
“For the past two years I’ve been deprived of playing time, especially with the boys in Brisbane,” Swepson said. cricket.com.au at a BBL launch event | 12 Draft Monday.
“The priority for me is obviously trying to break into this Test squad, but if that doesn’t happen, which is probably the case over the summer, it means I’ll be ahead of Brisbane for about all matches.
“I can’t wait – it’s been two long years without playing for the guys, so I’m so looking forward to getting out there and playing teal again.”
Although 14 matches of T20 cricket may not be ideal preparation for a major Test tour, Swepson said that challenge is part of being a modern-day cricketer.
“You have to be ready to do that, to be able to adapt,” he said.
“You see guys floating into the path of the white ball and then some guys floating into the path of the red ball, but I think leg rotation can be really effective in all game formats.
“For me, I think my skills can be useful in all three formats and it’s just about developing how I use them in any scenario.
“Fourteen matches of white-ball cricket may not be the best preparation for a Test match, but it’s still 14 times four overs down the middle in a high-pressure situation against quality opposition – it’s still excellent preparation for something like a test tour in India.
“A good leg break is always good in a Big Bash match and always good in a Test match.
“As long as my stock ball is coming out really well, I think my variations will come with it if I have to use them in a cue ball game, and that’s basically what I’ve been basing my preparation on.”
Swepson said he has yet to discuss with coaches whether he could play a role in the Test squad this summer given Australia’s busy ODI and T20 schedule before the start. first test against the West Indies.
And while he remains hopeful of being part of Australia’s T20 World Cup title defense on home soil after being a member of the 15-man squad in the nation’s first triumph in the United Arab Emirates the last year, Swepson is currently focused on the start of the domestic season. good for Queensland.
“Spin bowling in these conditions in Australia where the limits are really big (from the wicket) works really well,” he said.
“If the selectors and coaches think spin could play a role throughout the World Cup, maybe I’ll get a small selection there, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
“At the moment my focus is on the season ahead for Queensland. We have a few days in September and then the (Sheffield) Shield starts immediately.
“So I’m really building in that direction and looking to try and take as many wickets as possible.”
Regarding the KFC BBL Draft | 12 this Sunday, Swepson said he’d like to see the Heat aim for some punching power with his No. 3 pick, with the likes of Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Liam Livingstone, Jason Roy and Faf du Plessis up for grabs in as first-round platinum selections.
“They’re huge ball hitters, so any of those guys would be a great fit for us,” Swepson said.
The BBL|12 draft will take place on Sunday, August 28 and will be broadcast live on Foxtel and Kayo Sports following the first ODI between Australia and Zimbabwe in Townsville.
Click here for the full list of nominated players for the BBL|12 Draft.