Off-spinner Todd Murphy obtained his first Test cap for Australia towards India through the sequence opener of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on Wednesday on the VCA stadium in Nagpur.
The 22-year-old from Victoria has scalped 29 wickets at 25.20 from 10 first-class matches and is the least skilled candidate among the many different three Aussie spinners within the squad— Nathan Lyon, Ashton Agar and Mitchell Swepson.
Earlier this month when Sportstar caught up with the offie, he mentioned, “It came as a bit of a surprise (being included in the Australian squad), to be honest. I’ve been lucky enough that over my First-Class games, I’ve been able to perform well in a few of them, so it was nice that what I’ve been doing had got recognised, and the selectors see something in me.”
The final time Australia performed two specialist off-spinners was in 1988, when Tim May and Peter Taylor performed two Tests collectively in Pakistan.
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