IND vs AUS: Mark Waugh Coins A Name No Fan Would’ve Expected, Massive Controversy Before Border-Gavaskar Trophy. 

Former Australian batsman Mark Waugh has pushed Hobart Hurricanes spin bowler Patrick Dooley to be selected for a Test match before the Australian team’s forthcoming tour to India.

The 25-year-old, who does not have a state contract, gained notoriety in Launceston after taking 4-16 against the Perth Scorchers. Visitors to the Big Bash League rushed to witness his bowl with his unique bowling motion.

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Mark Waugh Wants Selectors To Think About Patrick Dooley

Waugh thinks Dooley has shown enough potential to warrant a trip to India even though the left arm hasn’t yet participated in a first-class match.

“I’m gonna throw in a real smokey here,” Waugh responded when questioned by Fox Cricket regarding the Australian Test team for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. 

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“He’s playing for the Hurricanes at the moment. The left-arm helicopter, arms, and legs are everywhere. Patty Dooley. 

“At the moment I reckon he’s about 80-1, but I think he could firm. I think there’s a bit of mystery about him. He’s got some tricks, which I think you’re gonna need against the Indian batsmen, and he bowls quite accurately. He bowls at the stumps, and he just does enough either way.

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“I know it’s a really left-field selection, but it’s something the selectors may well think about.” 

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Kerry O’Keeffe, a former Australian spinner, continued: “His angular release is the best angular release for a wrist spinner in Australia.” 

Dooley has taken 10 wickets at an average of 15.90, allowing only 6.36 runs per over since making his T20 debut earlier this year.

Ashton Agar Front Runner To Start As Second Spinner For Australia

For the first time since 2017, Ashton Agar donned the baggy green once more for Australia’s New Year’s Test match against South Africa at the SCG, where they went with two spinners.

Agar and Nathan Lyon are the favorites to start the first Test in Nagpur, but it’s unclear whether other spinners will be selected for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Mitchell Swepson, Todd Murphy, Adam Zampa, and Matthew Kuhnemann are a few of the other contenders.

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According to O’Keefe, Murphy, who has taken 14 wickets at an average of 17.71 in the Sheffield Shield this year, should visit the subcontinent in the upcoming month.

“I’d like to take a wristy, but I don’t think Mitchell Swepson’s come up,” O’Keeffe said. 

Last year, Swepson played for Australia in five Test matches in Asia, taking 10 wickets at an average of 45.80.

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