Mitch Swepson says there is no reason he and fellow legspinner Adam Zampa can’t thrive in the same XI as Australia seek to bounce back from a Twenty20 loss to India.
Swepson, who was withdrawn from the Australia A squad to join the national T20 squad, and Zampa worked in partnership together at Manuka Oval on Friday night.
Swepson claimed 1-21 from two overs, admitting he was overexcited and should have bowled better, while Zampa logged figures of 1-20 from his four overs.
National selectors have generally opted for variety in their T20 attack, using the left-arm spin of Ashton Agar in conjunction with Zampa’s legbreaks.
Agar’s calf injury prompted a rethink, meaning Zampa and Swepson were no longer battling over one spot in the squad.
“Two legspinners in fine. You’ve seen the impact that legspin has had on the T20 format in basically all competitions,” Swepson told reporters.
“BBL, IPL, international cricket – there’s a lot of legspinners having a lot of impact.
“In the BBL there’s quite a few teams that play two legspinners.
“Legspinners can have that impact. If you’ve got two that are good enough then why not play both of them? That ability to spin the ball both ways puts doubt in the batsman’s mind.”
Selectors opted to keep Swepson in the T20 squad, denying him a chance to play the red-ball tour game that begins in Sydney on Sunday.
Cameron Green has been released for that Australia A fixture, prompting Nathan Lyon to be recalled to the T20 squad.
India will be forced to make at least one change to the XI they named for the first T20, having confirmed concussed allrounder Ravindra Jadeja will miss the rest of the series.
Sunday’s T20 begins at 7.10pm AEDT.