Mitch Swepson is hoping for some assistance from the pitch when Queensland takes on South Australia in Cairns.
Mitch Swepson is hoping for some assistance from the pitch when Queensland takes on South Australia in Cairns. RICHARD WAINWRIGHT

Spinners may hold key in Cairns

AN ABSORBING leg spin showdown is set to capture the imagination of crowds at the Sheffield Shield match between Queensland and South Australia in Cairns.

Mitch Swepson will fly the flag for the home side, seeking to best Adam Zampa - who dispelled any thoughts he was a one-day specialist by taking eight wickets in his side's latest Shield match against Tasmania.

The sight of top-class leg spin could bring back memories for those who attended Cairns' last Test in 2004 when Shane Warne chased the world record for most wickets into the dark against Sri Lanka.

A reminder of 24-year-old Swepson's abilities was provided when he turned one out of the rough in Perth to bowl the in-form Mitch Marsh last weekend.

Swepson bowled 53 overs at the WACA - close to his total in the previous two matches combined - but could be faced with a flatter surface in Cairns when the game starts tomorrow.

"It was good to get overs up my sleeve and hopefully that can continue and I can keep doing a job,” he said.

"Our quicks did a great job the first three games we played, but I'm just happy to contribute and if the ball gets thrown to me I'll do my best for the team.” - Jacob Grams



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