Mitch Swepson has set his sights on returning to India as Australia’s first-choice legspinner, six years after having a front-row seat for a famous victory at Pune on his first international tour.
The first item on the 29-year-old’s agenda, however, is proving himself a world-class Twenty20 bowler for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League (BBL).
Swepson made his Test debut for Australia in 2022 on the tour of Pakistan, claiming two wickets in two Tests in a tough initiation.
He went on to capture eight wickets in two Tests against Sri Lanka, where he played a key role in winning the opening Test.
Swepson’s international career took its first steps in 2017, when he was selected to tour India with Australia.
He did not make it onto the pitch on that occasion, 안전놀이터검증 but knew it was a country where he wanted to ply his craft at the highest level.
The Australian team is back in India from February next year for a four-Test tour.
“It almost feels like a full-circle moment with this tour coming up,” Swepson said, recalling that 2017 trip.
“That was my first time being selected for an Australian squad and I was a massive sponge.
“I remember the first Test in Pune …and the feeling afterwards. It was a massive (Australian) victory with SOK (Steve O’Keefe) taking 12 wickets for the game.
“It would be amazing to be able to replicate that six years later and go one further and try and actually win the series.”
Adam Zampa and Todd Murphy are the other spinners in contention to tour India alongside Nathan Lyon but Swepson hopes being the man in possession will play in his favour.
“The last six rounds of Shield cricket (for Queensland) I’ve been knuckling down and trying to push my case,” he said.
“(The selectors) were pretty happy with how I bowled in Sri Lanka. I am quietly confident that I would be in the conversation at least.”
Swepson said he had learned a lot from fellow legspinner Zampa, a regular in T20 cricket for Australia.
“I have got all the confidence in my skill and my game,” he said.
“That will be my goal – to put in the selectors’ minds that I can get up to that level of legspin bowling. That is what I will be trying to do for the Brisbane Heat.”
The Brisbane Heat open their BBL campaign in Cairns on December 15 against Melbourne Renegades.