Perth: England batsman Ian Bell has said that the selection of Western Australia left-arm spinner Michael Beer in Australia’s 12-man squad for the third Ashes Test to be played in Perth next week is a ‘bit surprising’.
Bell said that Beer certainly could not be ready for Test cricket after playing just five first-class matches for Western Australia.
“One hundred per cent no. It’s obviously a little bit surprising. It’s not really anything for us to worry about,” a newspaper quoted Bell, as saying.
“That’s what Australia have got to think about and their changes are up to them,” he added.
The 26-year-old is the 10th spin bowler and the most unusual to be selected since the retirement of leg-spin legend Shane Warne nearly four years ago.