Smith hints at playing three spinners

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Ahead of the final match of the ongoing two-match Test series between Bangladesh and Australia, the Aussie skipper Steve Smith believes the Lyon-Agar-O’Keefe spin combination alongside lone quick Pat Cummins could be effective in Chittagong.

“I think if we go in with the three-spinning option, they are three different spinners,” Steve Smith told reporters at the pre-match press conference on Sunday.

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He added, “We saw last week with the three spinners that Bangladesh had, the off-spinner and the two left-armers, they bowled very different. It is good to just change it up so you don’t give them rhythm against a certain bowler so it gives us that option.”

Should Australia pick all three spinners and Handscomb is given the gloves, the ability of Cartwright to bat in the top-seven and send down useful medium pace could see him replace Wade.

Cartwright who made his Test debut at the SCG in January cricket have been solid (18 wickets at 44.16 in 22 first-class outings) and Smith said the powerfully-built Western Australian is always improving with the ball.

“He’s been bowling well in the nets,” Smith said. “It feels like the ball’s a bit heavier out of his hand, which is nice. I think he’s bowling well and he could do a reasonable job if called upon.”

– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com