Melbourne: Former Australian batsman Michael Hussey expects Australia to bring a second spinner into their squad for the final Ashes Test in Sydney.
“I’d expect a spinner to come into the squad (but I’m not sure) who it might be,” the veteran player told cricket.com.au.
Hussey also believes that previously injured Mitchell Starc has a huge chance of returning to the playing XI.
“I heard (Starc) was quite close to playing here in Melbourne, so you’d expect him to be fit for Sydney and that would be a huge in for Australia,” the 42-year-old added.
The selectors will announce a squad for the final Ashes Test at the end of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
The prospect of a dual spin attack looms large at Sydney as the venue has favoured slow bowling in the recent years.
The Australian selectors are most likely to go with either Ashton Agar or Stephen O’Keefe, and it will be a difficult choice to make between the two.
“I think in the short form of the game they like Ashton Agar because he fields well and he bats well and he’s a developing bowler, he’s getting better and better every year. He’s certainly one the selectors have got their eye on,” Hussey said.
“Stephen O’Keefe has been a quality bowler for a long time for New South Wales. I don’t know which way they’re going to go, it’s going to be interesting,” Mr. Cricket concluded.
At the close of play at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australia were 103 for the loss of two wickets.
David Warner (40*) and captain Steve Smith (25*) were at the crease before rain stopped play.
Australia now trail by 61 runs with 8 wickets in hand.
The home side is already 3-0 in the five-match series.