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July26,2013ByEdHocknullLeaveaCommentForsomemembersofAustraliassquadinEngland,thetourmatchagainstSussex(startingtoday)representstheirfinalchancetoimpressforselection。

WhilstAustraliasfortuneswiththebatseemtohavebeengivensomehopeintheformofcenturiesthisweekfromDavidWarnerandGlennMaxwellforAustraliaA,thebowlingisnowbeingthrownintothespotlight。

PacebowlerJamesPattinsonhasbeenruledoutfortherestoftheseries(havingsufferedarecurranceofasidestrain),whilstAshtonAgardespitebeingtalentedandcertainlyoneforthefutureiscurrentlynotgoodenoughtobeafrontlinespinner。

Thethree-daymatchonthesouthcoastofEnglandwillbeNathanLyonschancetoreclaimhisplaceinthetestXI。

Theoff-spinnerwastheshockomissionfromtheopeningtwoAshestests,andwhilstthepacebowlershavemanagedtomorethanholdtheirownagainstthehosts,AustraliaslackofaprovenspinnerhasbeenexposedmostnotablyatLordswhere,onasurprisinglyturningpitch,Englandwereabletosetanenormoussecondinningslead。

WiththeECBalmostcertainlywantingtoexposeAustraliasfrailtyagainstthespinningball,itcanbeexpectedtoseesimilarpitchesbeingpreparedforthenextthreetests。

WhilsthescertainlynoShaneWarne(orevenGraemeSwann),NathanLyonismorethanacapablespinnerintestmatches。

Atonly25yearsofage,theNewSouthWalesmanhasntyetcomeintowhatyoudcallhispeakasabowler。

Indeedrecordsdowntheyearsindicatethatspinbowlersarestilllearningtheircraftupuntiltheageof30。

Australiaitself(withtheexceptionoftheSCG)isnotrenownedatallforspinfriendlyconditions。

Lyonsrecordthereforeof22tests(13ofthemplayedinAustralia),76wickets@33。

18isntbadbyanystandards。

Statistically,hesalsothebestAustralianspinnersinceShaneWarne。

TheotherquestionwhichmustbeanswerediswhotoreplacePattinsonwith?

MitchellStarcwillgetachancetoredeemhimselfafteranunfortunatelyinnocuousdisplayupatTrentBridge。

Starcknowshecandobetteratfullflowhescapableofbowlingcloseto90mphwithfeindishinandoutswingdeliveries。

HewillalmostcertainlysharethenewballwithTasmaniasJacksonBird。

Althoughhavingonlytwotestcapstohisname(bothagainstSriLankainDecember/January2012),the26yearoldpossessesanabilitytoprovidesustainedcontrolofbothlineandlengthofhisdeliveries。

BirdhasbeencomparedbysomeasanechotothebowlingofGlennMcGrath。

Whilstastatementmustalwaysbetakencautiously,hisfirst-classfiguresof105wickets(21matches)@19。

78backupthiscomparisontoadegree。

Inwhatiseffectivelyabowl-offbetweenthesetwoquicks,thereshouldbeplentytalkaboutanddebateoverthenextthreedaysinHove。

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