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5 Apr 2021
Shane Warne is undoubtedly the greatest leg-spinner of all time and for any other leg-spinner to replicate a delivery similar to what he used to do in his heydays is surely a commendable thing. Yes, you heard it right. Mitchell Swepson pulled off a near impersonation of the Spin Wizard during a Sheffield Shield game on Monday, 5 April.
The Queensland tweaker breached through the defence of the left-handed Daniel Hughes with a sensational delivery. Bowled from around the wicket, the cherry pitched halfway on the surface outside the off stump and turned square to take the leg stump and Hughes had no idea about the delivery. He was castled after making 16.
The delivery bowled by Swepson was quite similar to the one Warne bowled to Shivnarine Chanderpaul back in 1996. Back then Shane Warne had castled the West Indies left-hander from around the wicket and the ball turned square on that occasion as well.
Meanwhile, Swepson was in his stride right from the word go and castled Hughes in just his third delivery of his first over. However, during a discussion with cricket.com.au after the day’s play, Swepson said that it didn’t actually feel great when the ball came out of the hand. He said that it felt like more of a half-tracker but the ball turned square to dismantle the timbers.
“Look at the turn! Prodigious turn,” a commentator said. “Almost so wide it hit the footmarks on the edge of the pitch and spun sharply.” The leggie also took the wicket of Kurtis Patterson as the New South Wales Blues finished at 49/2 at the end of the third day’s play. On the back of a century from Marnus Labuschagne, New South Wales posted 381 on the board in the first innings while Queensland replied with 433.