Australia will contest the 2013 Ashes series in England coming off a year of under-performance prompting much conjecture over the best side they can put out
Having just been whitewashed 4-0 in the series against India in which problems on and off the field were highlighted, the lack of a Test match quality spinner is perhaps the most notable of all their issues.
Match winning spin options in the Australian side have been non-existent since the retirement of Shane Warne. This has been a contributing factor in their lack of success in the past year, and it is unlikely they will have found a spinner capable of troubling England when they begin the Ashes in July.
With the possibility of leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed getting a call up to the side after applying for Australian citizenship, we look at the contenders for the spin bowlers position in the Australian side...
The man in possession, Lyon has done an admirable job since making his debut. But the off spinner struggled to impose himself in India and against top level opposition overall.
Strike rate 68.7
The leg-spinner has claimed 39 wickets in his 13 first class games in Australian state cricket. May make a late charge for the Ashes as Australia ponder their options.
First class stats
Bowling average 32.20
Strike rate 53.3
The left arm spinner was brought in for the 2010 Ashes in Australia; largely as a ploy to get Kevin Pietersen out. He failed miserably. His four Tests have garnered him seven wickets at an average of 78.
Strike rate 131.1
Selected for his batting as much as his bowling, he has batted in the lower order and contributed four wickets with his off-spin in his only Test so far, and has been expensive in his ODI and first class career. Has the backing of Shane Warne.
Strike rate 39
Another all-rounder, Smith has moved up the batting order in recent series to patch up a weak line-up. His bowling is inconsistent, but he remains capable of producing wickets with his leg-spin.
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