Australian men's cricket team on Friday deployed two leg-spinners — Adam Zampa and Mitchell Swepson — for the first time in 15 years during their 11-run defeat at the expense of India in the first T20I of the three-match series in Canberra. In April 2006, leggies Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill had featured in the same playing XI vs Bangladesh at Chittagong.
Zampa continued his excellent form in limited-overs cricket with 1-20 from four overs while Swepson was parachuted into the playing XI at the Manuka Oval after an unfortunate injury to off-spinner Ashton Agar.
Playing just his 2nd T20I, Swepson scalped the all-important wicket of Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, whom he described as an unreal batsman.
"He's obviously an unreal player, to get that wicket was a little bit extra on top as well," Swepson was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. "Overall, quite disappointed with the way I bowled but it's always nice to get a wicket like that."
After a nervy few deliveries, Swepson's fourth ball, though a bit short of a length, spun and bounced enough to get a leading edge from the bat of Kohli and was caught by the Queenslander himself. He described Virat's wicket as a massive relief.
"I think my first three balls weren't great so to get a wicket on the fourth, and especially Virat's wicket, was a bit of a pressure release," Swepson said.
"I was just so excited to be out there and that over-excitement added with the pressure of wanting to do really well and perform on the international stage, throw in a couple of nerves as well … that helped to get that wicket, released a bit of that pressure."
Australia and India will now lock horns in the penultimate and second T20I at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. India leads the series 1-0 after their win in the Australian capital on Friday.