Mitchell Swepson also caught the attention of legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne © Getty Images
Mitchell Swepson also caught the attention of legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne © Getty Images

Former New Zealand captain and spinner Daniel Vettori who is working as a coach for Brisbane Heat is quite excited and positive about young leg-break bowler Mitchell Swepson. Swepson who performed well for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League season 2015-16 as he took four wickets in two matches against Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers respectively at an economy rate of 7.85 has not only impressed Vettori though, he also caught the attention of legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne while he made an impact. The 22-year old has 17 First-Class wickets to his name in just seven matches and is certainly a young prospect to watch out for. READ: Samuel Badree re-signs for Brisbane Heat for BBL 2016-17 season

When asked about the leg-break bowler’s ability and strength, Vettori said “He’s a genuine spinner, in that he turns the ball a long way,” as quopted by foxsports.com.au. He further continued to say, “It’s a natural thing, you either have it or you don’t, and he seems to be able to do that.”

But Vettori feels that the road be so easy for Swepson and there will be times when things might not go his way. He said, “I think all spinners go through it, you get a honeymoon period when you come in and no one’s seen you. Then someone possibly works you out, someone’s aggressive to you and then you’ve got to find a way to get better and better. It probably happens at multiple stages throughout your career, which will be the same with Mitch, and your style of bowling might change slightly and your mindset might change slightly. But I think the good spinners always find a way to stay a step ahead.”

Meanwhile, Vettori not only has Swepson but he also has the services of Samuel Badree, the No.1 ranked T20 bowler in the world at his disposal in the Brisbane Heat team. “Particularly with the leg-spinners and the guys who have the ability to turn the ball both ways. When batsmen are being aggressive and possibly only looking to hit sixes in one area, and when those guys (spinners) are so skilful that they can turn it both ways, that they can out-think that batsman,”Vettori said.

He added, “I think that’s why you’re seeing so many of the leg-spinners come in and have immediate success. They’re able to do that, and they’re also able to bowl pretty consistently.”