The future of spin-bowling in Australia looks bright after India coach Rahul Dravid praised the performance of the three tourists during the Border-Gavaskar series.
Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy and Matt Kohneman have all played in the same XI over the last three Tests of the Battle of India.
Before the Second Test in Delhi, Australia had only played three frontline players together in the same match only twice this century – in Bangladesh in 2006 and 2017.
Lyon, on his third Test tour of India, thrived with 21 wickets in his last three matches after going for 1-126 in the series opener.
Murphy had an extraordinary string of trials, taking 7-124 on his debut in Nagpur, and bowling steadily after 22 years.
After only being called up to the touring squad before the Second Test, Kuhnemann took a five-wicket haul at Indore.
Dravid praised the contributions of the three as “extraordinary”.
“A lot of times you see with outside teams they have a good spinning game but they tend to leak runs at the other end and you can control the game from the other end,” Dravid told Star Sports.
But to the credit of the two young spinners, they kept that pressure up, and took wickets. A lot of the men (Indians) were full of praise for the quality of spin they had to play which made the series win so sweet.
They’ve played singles spinners who’ve been brilliant over the last 10 years, including someone like Nathan Lyon, but for the quality of the spin attack, probably since (Monty) Panesar and (Graeme) Swann (in 2012) it’s the best spin quality we’ve played. Over the past ten years in these conditions.
Lyon didn’t get the rewards in Ahmedabad on a lifeless pitch that he got in Delhi and Indore, but Australian captain Steve Smith thought he was playing brilliantly.
“I actually said to (Lyon) after bowling (on the fourth day) this was the best I’ve ever seen him actually bowling,” Smith said.
“I stood in front of him for a very long time and the way the ball came out, the number of turns and the drop and all he had on the ball on a surface wasn’t doing much,” I said to him at the end of the play, “That’s probably the best I’ve ever seen you get around.”
“For someone who has gone through 115 individual Tests to keep getting better, I thought it was amazing.”
The leading boundary wicket-takers – Gavaskar
Ravichandran Ashwin (India) 25
Ravindra Jadeja (India) 22
Nathan Lyon (Australia) 22
Todd Murphy (Australia) 14
Matt Koneman (Australia) 9
Muhammad Al-Shami (industrialist) 9
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