Australia have called up another rookie spinner as they try to find a way back into the Ashes - and this time it’s one who plays for Chichester Priory Park.
Ashton Turner, who is with Priory Park for the season, will play in the tour match against Sussex at Hove which starts tomorrow (Friday) after Cricket Australia decided to rest senior players.
Turner is a close friend of Ashton Agar, the spinner who scored 98 on his debut as a No11 in the first Test. The pair have been training together at the Ageas Bowl in Hampshire all season alongside secondments to local league clubs.
It seems unlikely Turner will suddenly be propelled into the Aussie team for the third Test, starting next week, but Agar has shown what’s possible and a starring role at Hove could put Turner firmly into the selectors’ thoughts - after all, they have shown with Agar they are not afraid to field untried youngsters.
Turner, 20, has been playing for Chichester in the Sussex Premier League as part of a development programme run by Cricket Australia and Hampshire CCC.
He has taken 18 wickets at an average of 40.78 and will be one of three spinners in the Australia side, along with Agar and Nathan Lyon.
Lyon is thought favourite to be his country’s spinner in the third Test.
Turner, who joined up with the Aussie squad for the first Test, was a member of the Australia under-19 team who finished runners-up to India in last year’s World Cup.