Spinners could hold key as Australia target New Zealand whitewash

Swepson ready for Australia debut as Somerville replaces Boult for New Zealand

Nathan Lyon bowls for Australia

Australia and New Zealand have bolstered their spin options ahead of this week’s showdown in Sydney.

Spin bowling could again come to the fore as the SGC hosts the third and final Test this Thursday.

While New Zealand have replaced Trent Boult with off-spinner Will Somerville, Australia could hand a debut to Mitchell Swepson.

The home side may even choose to pair Swepson and in-form Nathan Lyon in a two-pronged spin attack. Betting on spinners, especially during the second innings, could prove popular once the markets are priced up.

Australia already hold an unassailable 2-0 series lead and are now targeting a whitewash.

Australia are odds-on 1.29 (2/7) favourites with Bet365 to make it 3-0, while the Black Caps are down as 9.00 (8/1) for victory. The draw is priced up at 6.00 (5/1).


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Swepson, 26, was already in the squad for the second Test in Melbourne that saw Australia bag a 247-run success.

Lyon has backed his young understudy to make his mark should he be handed a debut in the third Test.

“I'm a big fan of Mitch, it's great to see him in and around our squad so he gets his chance and fingers crossed we can have a great combination together,” Lyon told cricket.com.au

“I haven't actually seen him bowl in a game for a while now, but he seems really clear on his plans and we just spoke about not changing when he gets the opportunity at the highest level.

“I really enjoy bowling with another spinner.

“We get through our overs quite quickly and feel like we can build some pressure.”

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