After their surprise move to play youngster Ashton Agar in the first two Ashes Tests, Australia have now called up another rookie spinner Ashton Turner for the tour game against Sussex.
After their surprise move to play 19-year-old Ashton Agar for the first two Ashes Tests, Australia have now called up another rookie spinner Ashton Turner for the tour game against Sussex staring at Hove on Friday.
Both Agar and Turner were part of the Australia Under-19 squad that finished runners-up to India in last year's World Cup. That earned both a summer placement in England, along with other four youngsters.
Turner, 20, started the summer sharing a flat with Agar in Southampton's Ocean Village complex. He has taken 18 wickets at an average of 40.78 for the Sussex Premier League club this season. He will share the spin responsibility with Agar and Nathan Lyon.
After their humiliating defeat at Lord's on Sunday, Australia are looking to give their players more opportunities to get back into form before the third Test starts at Old Trafford on August 1. Australia have decided to give rest to some of their players for the tour game.
While Michael Clarke will miss the game due to his recurring back problem, vice-captain Brad Haddin, openers Shane Watson and Chris Rogers plus pace bowlers Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris have all been rested. Ed Cowan will captain the Australia XI in the absence of Clarke.
Although their gamble of playing Agar - who created ripples by scoring 98 in his debut Test while playing at No. 11 - paid off, it's hard to see Australia giving another youngster a go ahead of the third Test. But desperate times demand desperate measures, one would not be extremely surprised if Australia do something to change the series momentum in their favour.