IND vs AUS Series: Former Aussie cricketer criticized selection of Todd Murphy received backlash from social media

Todd Murphy

Former Australian cricketer Ian Healy, criticised Australia’s team selection for the first Border Gavaskar Trophy Test at Nagpur and believed the decision to make Todd Murphy’s debut was incorrect. He stated, “In my opinion, probably not the best selection call,” on SEN 1170 Breakfast.

Healy seems astonished by the team management’s selection of two off-spinners, Nathan Lyon and young Todd Murphy, who have nearly identical actions and have depleted the opponents’ slow-bowling arsenal of diversity and variation.

“We’ve left our most seasoned spinners, Ashton Agar and Mitch Swepson, on the bench, despite the fact that I believe he can bowl exceptionally effectively and is always right in Nathan Lyon‘s shadow.

“They should store their Baggy Greens if we aren’t going to utilise them today. I believe we needed more experience and variety,” he remarked. Healy thinks the Australians’ final session on Thursday night suffered from a lack of variation because Murphy bowls the ball in the same manner as Lyon, Australia’s best spinner.

“I thought Todd bowled quite well; I thought he bowled good. “They’re going to really need to get some shape, drifting away from the right-handers, and spinning back from outside off stump,” he continued. “He got around the wicket, but I don’t think they can remain around the wicket to right-handers as long today.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat on a pitch that would favour spin, Australia was bowled out for 177 on Day 1 of the tournament. The focus will now be on India’s captain Rohit Sharma on Day 2 as he led his country’s forceful response with a characteristically aggressive 56 not out that contained nine boundaries.