Australia backing spin stocks for Sri Lanka

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Friday, 26 February 2016, 7:09AM
Nathan Lyon celebrating a five wicket bag (Getty Images)
Nathan Lyon celebrating a five wicket bag (Getty Images)

Darren Lehmann is confident Australia have the spin stocks to thrive in Sri Lanka, where they will seek to continue their Test dominance in July.

Australia reclaimed the No.1 Test ranking in Christchurch this week, recording a 2-0 series win over New Zealand.

Their next Test assignment is a three-match tour of Sri Lanka.

Australia will include at least two spinners in that touring party.

Nathan Lyon is likely to find himself bowling in tandem with Steve O'Keefe or Glenn Maxwell, while Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa are also highly rated by national selectors.
"We're pretty comfortable with where the spinners are at," Lehmann said.

Australia's coach was unsure just how much the Test squad will change compared to the group that crushed NZ in Wellington and Christchurch.

"It'll certainly be different to here," he said.

"How much that changes I don't know but you'd have to have a couple of spinners, (also) blokes who play spin well.

"That's the biggest thing when you play away, you have to change and not fight the conditions."

Lehmann suggested Australia are now doing that better than they used to.

"We've learnt that along the way," he said.

"The advantage we've got is we have A games, an extra tour game in Sri Lanka, so we've got better preparation than before."

Six players - headlined by Michael Clarke - ended their Test careers in 2015.
Lehmann couldn't be happier with how his young side has grown after so much experience walked out the door.

Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja have nailed down their spots in the XI this summer, filling the void left by Clarke and Chris Rogers.

"For success you need to be able to pick and grow as a team," Lehmann said.

"We've been managing to do that because we had such a big exodus of players in one hit.

"That was the advantage, I suppose, as a selection panel .. letting blokes play for a series.

"Lucky enough we're doing that at the moment because we've got so many injuries and retirements."

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