Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques declared rising spin star Todd Murphy should “definitely” be Nathan Lyon’s back-up man for Australia’s test tour of India.
Murphy himself said selection was “outside of my control” and he wouldn’t be distracted as he continues to search for a Big Bash title with the Sixers.
But while he was full of praise for Murphy who again produced the goods in Sunday’s Sydney Smash, Henriques warned against pairing the two off-spinners together.
“It depends if they want two guys spinning it the same way,” Henriques said. ”But I wouldn‘t. I don’t know how they match up, if India will play a lot of lefties, which I’m not sure they will with Nathan as your first spinner.
“But he would definitely be my backup for ‘Gazza’ [Lyon] no doubt about that.”
Henriques said Murphy was “really impressive” as a spinner as a “a young man who controls his pace really well, controls his line”.
“It‘s like he knows where the batters are trying to hit him. There’s not many players his age who have the game awareness that he does. And if they do maybe they don’t have the skill. But he has that as well,” Henriques said.
Murphy recorded a rare wicket maiden in the power play on Sunday night having snared four wickets in his four matches so far this season.
His name continues to be raised and it’s likely he will go to India, whether he plays or not.
“It‘s always nice to have some positive talk around your name,“ Murphy said.
“But that sort of stuff’s outside my control. I’m just trying to enjoy the BBL and try and do well. If it happens it’d be awesome. If not there’s plenty of cricket to play.”
Aussie captain Pat Cummins insisted Ashton Agar would also be going to India despite a wicketless return to Test cricket at the SCG against South Africa.
Cummins said the match was not an audition for India, particularly given the surface did not break up as expected after lengthy rain delays.
“I‘m sure Ash will be there,” Cummins said.
“This wicket was a bit different to India. It wasn’t spinning out of the middle of the wicket.
“Indian wickets sometimes really break up, even from the middle of the wicket. And left-arm orthodox becomes really effective against right-handed batters.
“It was 800 runs (for the game) and three wickets for spin for the game (in Sydney). It wasn’t easy but I thought he bowled really well.”
Cummins was adamant they have the best possible build up to the four-Test series starting on February 9 in Nagpur, after a 1-0 series win in Pakistan last year and 1-1 draw in Sri Lanka.