Two spinners an option for Smith in Sydney


Steve Smith has hinted Australia could use two spinners in the final Test against West Indies in Sydney.

Australia wrapped up the series on Tuesday with a 177-run victory in Melbourne, giving skipper Smith and the selectors a chance to assess other options in the dead-rubber third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which starts on Sunday.

Nathan Lyon has been used as Australia's first-choice spinner in this series and cemented his place with another fine bowling display at the MCG, the 28-year-old taking 3-85 in the second innings as the hosts earned an unassailable 2-0 lead.

"It [playing two spinners] is possible," Smith confirmed. "We go to Sri Lanka later in the year, where there is a good chance we'll see two spinners playing, or in the touring party. 

"It'd be good to see a second spinner play [in Sydney] and see what he has got to offer. 

"We'll wait and see what the pitch looks like and if the conditions are going to suit. If they do, there's a pretty good chance we could see a second spinner playing."

Australia may have to make do without Peter Siddle for the third Test though, after he only bowled nine overs in the West Indies' second innings due to a foot problem.

Smith added: "[Siddle] had a bit of pain in his foot today. He could have bowled if he needed to, but in the end I thought [it was] best if he didn't. 

"I have no idea [of the extent of the injury] at this stage, I've not had chance to talk to the medical staff, so we'll have to wait and see how he pulls up."