“Leaving Australia with absolutely no change”: Ian Healy criticizes team selection for Nagpur test

Australian cricket legend Ian Healy was shocked by the decision of the team management including two amateur athletes – Nathan Lyon and young Todd Murphy – who acted in almost the same way and made the guests lack of variety and variation in slow bowling. India, after knocking out the visitors 177 on the first day thanks to Ravindra Jadeja’s 5, also dominated with the racquet and scored 77 to 1, negotiating 17 rotations from veterans Lyon and Murphy one. easy way.

“In my eyes, maybe not the right choice call,” Healy told ‘SEN Radio’ on Friday, suggesting he was unhappy with Australia’s decision to debut Murphy in the First Test. at Nagpur.

The former hitter added that either Ashton Agar or Mitchell Swepson – both of whom have played Test cricket – would be a better choice in the typical squad.

“I think he (Murphy) can hit the ball incredibly well and he’s always in the shadow of Nathan Lyon whenever he needs to, but for me we’ve let the players shoot the most experience. Ours on the bench are Ashton Agar and Mitch Swepson.

“If we didn’t use them yesterday (Thursday), they might as well take their Baggy Greens away. I think we need more variety and more experience,” Healy said.

With Jadeja breaking through the middle of Australia, someone like left-handed pitcher Agar could have had more success on Nagpur, but his exclusion, along with that of Travis Head, the prolific runner – who can double as part of the -time-gyroscope-can offer visitors even more variation on their gyro bowling.

“We switched pitchers and we used another gyroscope (Murphy.) We needed either a left arm orthodox (Agar) or a foot gyroscope to go with the outer gyroscope. spin and gyro outside of Travis Head’s part-time and if you have Marnus (Labuschagne) thrown in as a swing leg, do that or pick Swepson as well,” added Healy.

“But if you pick Swepson, like Murphy, you need Head or Agar there to help us hit the ball a little longer.” Healy, 59, is hoping Pat Cummins’ side will be more purposeful in the coming days and come back in the Open Test.

“I’d like to see them be a little more courageous today, which I think they will.”

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