Sydney: Cricket Australia (CA) chairman of selectors, John Inverarity has admitted lack of spin bowling talent in the Test squad is a serious issue ahead of team’s difficult tour of India next month.
Off spinner Nathan Lyon is certain to be on the flight to Delhi when an advance group of players, who heads to the subcontinent in February for an early tour match and to adjust to untried conditions, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
England`s Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann were central to a 2-1 series victory over India, completed in Nagpur in December, and Australia knows spin could be essential to its prospects over four Tests in Delhi, Mohali, Hyderabad and Chennai.
Lyon is the team`s leading spinner, but the right-arm orthodox has been unconvincing over the 3-0 series whitewash against Sri Lanka.
There is no standout back up to Lyon, with the second most favoured, Victoria`s Jon Holland, marginalized after a shoulder operation.
Left-arm spinner Michael Beer, who played the last of his two Tests at Port of Spain last April, will be one contender considered, while the 12th man in Sydney, Glenn Maxwell, is also in selectors`` sights for India.
Inverarity said they wish to have a greater depth of quality spin bowlers than we have right now, but added that they got a pretty clear direction of where they are going, in terms of India and beyond.
Inverarity said there are two or three players who they are considering to back up Lyon for the India tour.
By choosing four quicks and Lyon for the third Test against Sri Lanka at the SCG, Australian selectors lost the opportunity to trial Maxwell, after picking the Victorian all-rounder to replace the injured Shane Watson in the squad.