Cricket, Ashes 2021, Australia team fourth Test at SCG, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson, selections

Cricket legend Mark Taylor wants Australia to consider a choice from the left field for the fourth Ashes Test, which will benefit the team in the long run.

The hosts have the luxury of tinkering with their line-up as they have already won the series and have a 3-0 buffer over England with two games to play.

Victorian paceman Scott Boland made his debut in the third Test, taking seven wickets, including 6-7 in the second half, to win the Johnny Mullagh Medal.

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Now Taylor wants Australia to give a baggy green to another debutant at SCG next week.

He wants play spinner Mitchell Swepson brought in.

The suggestion is to play Swepson alongside Nathan Lyon – Australia’s most successful finger spinner ever – and only select two specialists in fast bowling.

“Australia have got the essence of a good team going forward. They need to find a suitable replacement in the coming years for Nathan Lyon,” Taylor told the Wide World of Sports.

“Maybe it’s Mitch Swepson, and maybe they’re even giving Swepson the next test match.

“You never like to see test matches used as trial matches, but it will be interesting to see if Mitch Swepson is eligible for Australia for the next test.

“Would they perhaps consider playing with two seamers, (all-rounder) Cameron Green, Lyon and Swepson? It could be something that depends on the pitch at SCG.”

It is rare for any test team to play two specialist spinners in Australia. But Lyon and Swepson are turning the ball in different directions, and Taylor says Australians need to start bleeding a long-term replacement for Lyon.

The 34-year-old has taken 411 test wickets in 103 games. There was speculation that he may be dropped ahead of this Ashes series as he battled India last summer.

Swepson, 28, has played 49 first-class matches for Queensland and averages 33.76 with the ball.

He has been in the test squad before, but has never made a debut.

If Australia were to play only two specialists, it would be an impossible decision for the voters.

Following Boland’s exciting debut, he joins Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser on the list of suitable candidates. Hazlewood remains under an injury cloud after not playing the last two Tests.

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“Australia’s biggest headache is who they want to leave out,” Taylor said.

“The site looks very clear. I think Pat Cummins, the site has really reacted to him becoming captain and that’s a good sign for Australia.

“There is definitely an energy in the Australian side that is not in the English side.

“They fill in a few gaps in their line-up. Cameron Green is getting better all the time, although we would like to see him get a really good score at some point. But he solidifies himself in that No. 6 role.”

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