Lehmann: Oz ‘probably’ going with twin spin


Australia coach Darren Lehmann has all but confirmed that Steve o'Keefe and Nathan Lyon will form a spin pairing for the first Test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele.

Boof said that they would 'probably' go with two spinners and two pacemen, along with the all-rounder options, rather than three out and out pacemen. He said it was par for the course at the ground for have two opposing spinners.

Lehman confirmed, when asked if they'd pick three fast bowlers: "You probably have to ask the chairman (of selectors, Rod Marsh), he's here as well.

"But I think we would probably be leaning towards two spinners the way conditions are."

O'Keefe will play in this third Test come 26 July, at the age of 31, having taken 10 wickets in the warm up match in Colombo this week. The coach is confident 'SOK' will continue to impress.

Lehmann said: "We know what we're going to get with him. He's been excellent for New South Wales and had a lot of success in (Sheffield) Shield.

"He's worked really hard, he's a lively, buzzing-around character for us and played exactly the role we wanted him to play here in this game (in Colombo).

"He bats really well, fields really well and complements Nathan with spinning (the ball) the other way. We think that's the way to go.

"Obviously India do it there with (left-armer Ravindra) Jadeja and (off-spinner Ravi) Ashwin, and most teams have spinners going both ways.

"So for us, that's important."