Cool Michael Beer refusing to be put in a spin by prospect of Australia baptism of fire

By Sportsmail Reporter

No small beer: Australia's latest spinner is set for baptism of fire in the must-win match for his country at the WACA

No small beer: Australia's latest spinner is set for a baptism of fire in a match his country cannot afford to lose at the WACA in Perth

Australia newcomer Michael Beer is hoping his love of a challenge sees him through his shock Test debut against England this week.

The 26-year-old has played just five first-class games but was plucked from obscurity to replace fellow left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty in the line-up for the third Test in Perth, which begins in the early hours of Thursday morning UK time.

He took five wickets for Western Australia in a warm-up game against the tourists at the WACA, but is unsure whether Test cricket has come calling too soon.

'It's a hard one that,' he said. 'Hopefully (I am ready). I'm looking forward to the challenge. I'm confident of my own ability in a contest, so hopefully that comes out shining.

'I love a challenge. I'm just running off that at the moment. It's just a matter of me knowing my role and trying to execute it as best I can.'

Beer's limited first-class record makes uninspiring reading, with just 16 wickets in 10 innings at an average a shade over 40.

But he can at least call upon the experience of that warm-up game - in which he dismissed Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell and Matt Prior in England's first innings and Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood in the second.

He said: 'I think it will definitely help being in the same surroundings. I'll take a fair bit out of that contest with them. I enjoyed that and learnt from it.'

 


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