He’s Mitchell Swepson’s most high-profile and outspoken supporter, and Shane Warne has also helped the emerging Queensland leg-spinner with the mental side of bowling.
n cricket legend Warne was a vocal advocate for Swepson, now 24, to be included in the Test squad for the tour of India last year. That eventuated, with Swepson also touring Bangladesh with the n Test team in 2017.
He remains uncapped, but continues to show positive signs. His most recent showing was a man-of-the-match 3-14 from four overs in Brisbane Heat’s nine-wicket Big Bash League win over the Melbourne Stars at the MCG on Tuesday night.
Swepson also is the equal-leading wicket taker among spinners in the Sheffield Shield this summer, with Warne continuing to push his case. On Tuesday night Warne reiterated that he wanted to see Swepson included in the touring party for the four-Test series in South Africa which begins on March 1.
“Great to see young Swepson bowling well,” Warne tweeted. “I’m a huge fan of the young leggie & would like to see him on the plane to South Africa.”
Asked after the match about Warne’s ongoing support, Swepson saw the funny side of things.
“Warney’s at it again is he?” Swepson joked. “It’s become a bit natural to hear that after I come off the field.
“It’s good to hear, especially from him. He’s obviously the best we’ve ever had. I’ll take a compliment from Warney.”
Swepson said he didn’t know Warne well, but opened up about a brief discussion they had in India. “I had about a 10-, 15-minute chat with him when I was in India with the Test squad. He was at the Pune Test,” Swepson said.
“I had a quick chat with him there. I didn’t get much of a word in. He sort of spoke a lot. He can talk all day about leg-spin bowling. Picked up a couple of things off him there. That was good.
“He spoke a lot about body language, mentality and things like that, which as a spinner I think is good to know. “