Adam Zampa
Adam Zampa in action during ICC World T20 2016 © AFP

We might see Australia feature three spinners in the upcoming tri-series in the Caribbean. Given the wickets will be on the slower side, all three teams will bank on their finger as well as wrist spinners to provide the impetus. Australia’s variety of spin attack keeps ahead in the race, as they boast of spin trio in Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon and Glenn Maxwell. While Lyon has been Australia’s Test specialist, Zampa rose to prominence in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (2016), which also includes impressive figures of 6 for 19. However, we have witnessed Maxwell’s ability to win matches with the ball as well. Read: Nathan Lyon to train under Muttiah Muralitharan in Sri Lanka

The match will be played at Guyana’s Providence stadium. Given the spin bowlers were awarded Player of the Match in the last two ODIs played here, playing all three spinners will brighten Australia’s chances. Pakistan’s star cricketer Shahid Afridi scalped 7 wickets and conceded only 12 runs against the West Indies in July 2016 before West Indies’ Sunil Narine claimed 4 for 26 few days later. Moreover, Saeed Ajmal bagged 11 wickets in a Test match at this venue more than five years ago.

“If you look at the stats here – I played here a few times before; (playing Zampa and Lyon in the same XI) might be an option in Guyana. I think with South Africa’s left-handers, and the West Indies have got a few as well, Nathan Lyon might come into it. Whether you can play both, time will tell. Nathan has come back and he’s desperately keen to do well in One-day cricket after having such an impact in Test cricket. Zampa bowls leg-spin, and Glenn Maxwell does a good job bowling off-spin as well. We need to get the balance of the team right, but we’ve got plenty of options which is good,” Justic Langer told Read: Maxwell distracted over Test berth ahead of IPL 2016

Australia have some lethal pacers in Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Scott Boland. Hence, it will be a tough task to pick the right XI. “I hate the word ‘rotation’ but we have to manage it really well. We have Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood coming back after not much cricket. Mitchell Marsh has been out for a little bit. Maxwell has been out for a while (with side injuries) and Steve Smith has had a sore wrist. And it’s the start of a long campaign as well, so we’ll have the best XI we can out on the park every time,” Langer concluded.