Mitchell Swepson will make his debut as Australia names its XI for the Karachi Test

Mitchell Swepson, Australia’s leg-spinner, is likely to make his Test debut against Pakistan after captain Pat Cummins confirmed his participation in the second match of the three-match series. Swepson will fill in for Nathan Lyon in the spin column, while pacer Josh Hazlewood will miss the Test, Cummins announced on the eve of the match.

Swepson, who was called into Australia’s red-ball squad for the first time during the 2017 tour of India, has been capped at the international level only in T20Is, having spent the majority of his Test career on the bench. In 51 first-class matches, he has taken 154 wickets at 34.45, including four five-wicket hauls.

The Queenslander came near to making his debut against New Zealand in Sydney in January 2020 after being named in Australia’s XII, but he was not selected. Swepson’s debut will be the first by a frontline leg-spinner in Australia’s men’s Test team since Bryce McGain in 2009.

Australia XI for second Pakistan Test

David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson