Prior to the Australian team’s upcoming trip to India, former Australian batsman Mark Waugh has urged Hobart Hurricanes spin bowler Patrick Dooley to be selected for a Test match.
The 25-year-old, who has no state contract, rose to fame after having taken 4-16 against the Perth Scorchers in Launceston. Big Bash League spectators flocked to see him bowl with his distinctive bowling motion.
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Mark Waugh Wants Selectors To Think About Patrick Dooley
Although Dooley hasn’t yet played in a first-class match, Waugh believes the left-armer has demonstrated enough potential to merit a trip to India.
“I’m gonna throw in a real smokey here,” Waugh responded when questioned by Fox Cricket regarding the Australian Test team for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
“He’s playing for the Hurricanes at the moment. Left-arm helicopter, arms and legs everywhere. Patty Dooley.
“At the moment I reckon he’s about 80-1, but I think he could firm. I think there’s a bit of mystery about him. He’s got some tricks, which I think you’re gonna need against the Indian batsmen, and he bowls quite accurate. He bowls at the stumps, and he just does enough either way.
“I know it’s a really left-field selection, but it’s something the selectors may well think about.”
Kerry O’Keeffe, a former Australian spinner, continued: “His angular release is the best angular release for a wrist spinner in Australia.”
Upon having made his T20 breakthrough earlier this year, Dooley has taken 10 wickets at an average of 15.90, allowing only 6.36 runs per over.
Ashton Agar Front Runner To Start As Second Spinner For Australia
Ashton Agar made his return to the baggy green for the first time since 2017 for Australia’s New Year’s Test against South Africa at the SCG, where they selected two spinners.
The front-runners to start the first Test in Nagpur are Agar and Nathan Lyon, but it’s unclear which additional spinners will be chosen for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Among the other candidates are Mitchell Swepson, Todd Murphy, Adam Zampa, and Matthew Kuhnemann.
Murphy, who has claimed 14 wickets at an average of 17.71 in the Sheffield Shield this season, should travel to the subcontinent next month, according to O’Keefe.
“I’d like to take a wristy, but I don’t think Mitchell Swepson’s come up,” O’Keeffe said.
Swepson represented Australia in five Test matches in Asia last year, capturing 10 wickets at a 45.80 average.