Victorian spinner Todd Murphy receives Baggy Green cap No.465 from his spin partner Nathan Lyon in his test debut. Check it out here.
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Todd Murphy is an Australian cricketer. He made his List A debut on 10 March 2021, for Victoria in the 2020–21 Marsh One-Day Cup.
Prior to his List A debut, Murphy was named in Australia’s squad for the 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
He made his first-class debut on 3 April 2021, for Victoria in the 2020–21 Sheffield Shield season.
He made his Twenty20 debut on 26 December 2021, for the Sydney Sixers in the 2021–22 Big Bash League season.
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Former Australian left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe has complimented the team management’s judgment on handing out Test debut to off-spinner Todd Murphy in the opening Test versus India, saying that the 22-year-old’s “overspin and drop” will come in convenient in spinning subcontinental wickets.
The bespectacled Murphy, presented the Baggy Green by veteran off-spinner Nathan Lyon in Nagpur on Thursday, is featuring in his maiden international match for Australia, and his selection ahead of spinners Ashton Agar and Mitchell Swepson did come as a wonder.
While Agar has featured in five Tests and is a Twenty20 International (T20I) stalwart, Swepson has worn the Baggy Green in four Tests, besides playing in 11 limited-overs games.
On the other hand, Murphy has featured in just seven First-Class (FC) matches but has been remarkable in the Sheffield Shield.
“He [Murphy] is something very, very special. The last time I was this excited about an off-spinner was Nathan Lyon. He bowls with overspin and drop. Besides that, he’s got a lot of skills in his armoury, and he can bowl square seam, which is important over there.
Todd Murphy is the guy in his brief cricket journey so far who can use all those skills in certain parts of the game and exploit them,” O’Keefe declared on SEN Radio.
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In 2023, Murphy was named as a member of the Australian test squad for the team’s tour of India.
Stats as of 9 February 2023
In 2022, Murphy was studying for a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) at Deakin University.
On 9 February 2023, Murphy made his Test debut in Australia’s first test of their Indian tour.
Murphy is the first Australian Test debutant in India since Glenn Maxwell got his cap in Hyderabad a decade ago.
But it was soon shown to be just one of two brave selection calls as Travis Head, who has averaged more than 50 in Test cricket since the start of the 2021-22 Ashes, was dumped as Peter Handscomb and Matthew Renshaw were preferred to bat in the middle order.
Former Australia left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe on Thursday lauded the team management’s call to include spinner Todd Murphy in the opening Test against India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.
O’Keefe said Murphy’s “overspin and drop” will come in handy on spin-friendly tracks.
Australia spinner and a member of the playing XI, Nathan Lyon gave the Baggy Green to Murphy. Murphy is playing his first international match for Australia in any format and his selection ahead of Ashton Agar and leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson did come as a bit of a surprise.
While Agar has played five Tests and is a T20I stalwart, Swepson has donned the Baggy Green in four Tests, besides playing 11 white-ball matches.
However, O’Keefe hoped Murphy does not succumb to pressure as Indian batters will try to unsettle the youngster early on in the match.
“Todd’s going to have to bowl tight, he’s going to have to bowl straight and he’s going to have to do that containing role because the last thing you want over there is two spinners that are going at four an over there, particularly if you only have two quicks,” said OKeefe.
“This is what India will do, they’ll put the young spinner under the pump straight away.
Todd Murphy is currently 22 years old.
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