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The Ashes: Swepson to wait for chance

Australia leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson has been overlooked for the fourth Ashes Test but looks set to get his chance on the sub continent in 2022.

The Aussies, who are priced at 3/1 to win the Ashes series 5-0, have opted to go with four pace bowlers at the SCG with Nathan Lyon the usual spin option.

Swepson overlooked

There had been talk of a potential call-up for Swepson in Sydney but the SCG is no longer a spinner's paradise and in the end conditions would not suit.

However captain Pat Cummins says they rate Swepson very highly and the Queenslander looks sure to get his chance in Pakistan and India this year.

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"I think you need to have the conditions to suit," Cummins said. "I don't think anywhere in Australia that I've played on in the last few years has probably dictated two spinners.

"I would love to have that option, he (Swepson) is a classy spinner, we're itching to get him in the side one day.

"We think he will debut at some stage. Probably most likely (with) the amount of sub-continent tours we've got coming up, that's going to be his opportunity."

Boland the perfect option

Meanwhile Cummins says the pitch suits a player like Scott Boland who has been drafted in once again after Josh Hazlewood was ruled out through injury.

"I don't think we're going see it break up and turn or have that traditional dusty spin wicket, it looks really even at the moment," Cummins added.

"Maybe day one or two it might nip around and then probably just holds together more.

"There's a little bit of grass on it, but traditionally it's hard work and it goes five days and you need that really disciplined stump-to-stump bowler and that's what Scotty brings to the table."

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