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Australian bowler Ashton Turner hopes to grab the opportunity with the ball during the five-match T20I series against Bangladesh. The off-spinner is also delighted to get spin-friendly wickets against the host.
During a press conference on Sunday [August 1] he said, “I am thrilled to visit Bangladesh for the first time. I also toured the West Indies. Talking to the players, I understand that the wickets I have played in the West Indies will not be very different here,"
"Coming from Australia, this winter (Australian season) will have to play on a lot of wickets where the spin works. As a spinner, I am thrilled to get a wicket like this, where the spinners have support. It is not always available in Australia,”
“As batsmen, we also know that we have to face some great spinners and there is no doubt that they will bowl a lot of overs,” he added.
Turner has had many shoulder surgeries during his career, the most recent being two years ago, and he was rarely seen with the ball. However, in the final two One-Day Internationals in the West Indies, he bowled 14 overs, took two wickets.
"Bowling is something I've always loved and unfortunately due to my shoulder injuries, I haven't been able to contribute much in games. It's been almost two years since my last operation, so I feel as good about my bowling as I have in a long time,”
"Although I haven't been able to bowl a lot in games, behind the scenes I've been working a lot at training and it's nice in conditions that suited spin bowling and to be another option for the captain. Hoping that my bowling workloads can increase from here,” he added.
He has been away with the ball for a long time, however, he said he was overcoming the difficulties.
"Don't think I've bowled eight overs in a game for more than four years...no doubt that will take some time. Feel like I've done everything I can over the recent periods and I'm starting to enjoy it as much as I used to."
Although Turner's primary role will continue with the bat, having a second string might be a chance for his selection. He is regarded as one of Australia's potential finishers.