Sydney: Australian selector Greg Chappell has said that there is no pressure on left-arm spinner Michael Beer to be the team’s long-term solution after nine spinners being tried and dumped since leg-spin legend Shane Warne’s retirement in 2007.
“He doesn’t have to be the guy, he just has to do his best, that is all we can ask, it will be a team effort, he won’t do it on his own,” a newspaper quoted Chappell, as saying.
“We think he has got enough going for him that gives him the best chance to do well. Michael is displaying qualities that show he has got a good chance to succeed.”
“We talked to opposition players and other people and they have given him quite good raps. We’re as confident as we can be,” he added.
Chappell further said that Beer’s height and bounce would be crucial to his success.
Beer is one of four changes from the Australian team for the Adelaide Test.
The 26-year-old has bowled decently in his five first-class matches for Western Australia, taking 16 wickets at an average of 39.93.
Australia is currently 0-1 down in the five-match series after losing the second Test in Adelaide by an innings and 71 runs.