Young Brisbane leg spinner Mitch Swepson was the bolter for the Aussie test squad heading for India, and he reckons a pitch in Albion helped his cause.
The $29 million National Cricket Centre, on Greg Chappell St, has created wickets that replicate the spin and bounce of the sub-continent to help our Aussie stars get an edge.
“I did a lot of work over the winter as well at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane where they put up a couple of sub-continent wickets, and I think that may have been considered when picking the team”, Swepson said.
India has won all but one of its past 20 home Test series and the Aussie selectors have gone for a 16-man (four spinners) squad to get the job done.
They’re not just relying on the local replica wickets, Swepson has toured heavily in Sri Lanka and India as a nets bowlers and junior, and thinks that experience will be invaluable.
“I’ve been over there the last two years, I’ve gone to India with the national performance squad on some training camps over there… that probably helped my case, bowling on sub-continent wickets,” he said.