Teen leg-spinner sets Aussie tongues wagging

Teenage leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha is quickly making a name for himself on the Australian cricket scene.

The 19-year-old – who will turn 20 on Friday – was the star of the show on Marsh Cup debut for NSW on Wednesday.

Sangha took 4-21 off 7.2 overs to help roll Victoria for 170 – a monstrous 174 runs short of the target the Blues had set in dreary conditions at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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Sangha was not required to bat as his teammates amassed 7-344, amazingly with only one player surpassing 50, and none reaching triple figures.

The young tweaker has certainly enjoyed a hot start to life as a professional cricketer.

Fans have seen him playing for Sydney Thunder in the T20 Big Bash League in previous seasons, but now he’s plying his trade in proper cricket with performances that will impress the right people at the top of the game.

In his debut Sheffield Shield innings last month he took 3-44 for the Blues. In his second red-ball match he took 4-75.

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Australia has been crying out for a quality leg-spinner since Shane Warne retired in 2007.

Test legend Mark Taylor recently told Wide World of Sports of his concern about a dearth of spinners putting pressure on Nathan Lyon for the job in the Australian team.

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