Off-spinner Todd Murphy has picked up 11 wickets in the ongoing Test series against India, which includes a seven-wicket haul on his debut. Along with Matthew Kuhnemann and veteran Nathan Lyon, Murphy has played a pivotal role in the series. With a win in the third Test in Indore, Australia now have a golden chance to come from 2-0 down and level the series in Ahmedabad.
Australia spin bowling coach Daniel Vettori reckons the 22-year-old's ability to absorb the pressure and perform in tough subcontinental conditions has been quite impressive.
"Todd has that skill that he can be a defensive bowler and he can be an attacking bowler and work around pretty much whatever is required from him in the game. For such a young and inexperienced spinner... to be able to come here and handle these tough situations and perform the role that's required has been impressive," Daniel Vettori said according to ESPNCricinfo.
Murphy and Kuhnamenn had played a combined 20 first-class before the series. Murphy has removed Virat Kohli thrice already in the series, while Kuhnemann has removed the former India skipper twice in three innings. Vettori reckons that the spinners have not been overawed with bowling to some of the finest batters in the world that has been the standout.
"That's the main challenge on these surfaces, the expectation is so high that you are going to do well [and] you are going to take a wicket every ball," Vettori said.
"To be able to be consistent against some of the best players of spin you'll come across in these conditions and with these expectations has probably been the most impressive thing so far.
"I think the guys who do it consistently, there are quite a number of them on show in this series from both teams… they don't wilt to the pressure. They just understand their process and they repeat, repeat and repeat. I think that's the real skill over here. To repeat as much as you can because you can get carried away by what's going on, the expectation, but all six spinners so far in the series have been able to manage those expectations."
Australia bounced back well in Indore to win the Test by nine wickets after being comprehensively beaten in the first two games in Nagpur and Delhi. They now have a chance to level the series in Ahmedabad in the fourth Test, starting Thursday (March 9)