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Todd Murphy ‘agrees to hitch Durham’ in boost for Australia’s Ashes hopes

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Todd Murphy ‘agrees to hitch Durham as Australian spinner gets pre-Ashes warm-up experience with County Championship side’ in move that may likely further anger England fans after Steve Smith joined Sussex

Todd Murphy will get some crucial pre-Ashes experience after the young spinner reportedly agreed to hitch County Championship side Durham ahead of the five-match series.

In accordance with The Guardian, Murphy has agreed to feature within the initial seven-round block of Championship fixtures this season, with the deal confirmed before the 22-year-old took 7-124 in his first ever Test innings in Nagpur last week.

Murphy has played just eight first-class matches in his young profession, so the switch to Durham will further his experience at the extent, while he’ll gain much-need knowledge on English conditions and the Dukes ball. 

Cricket Australia are understood to have been heavily involved within the deal, and can cover the travel costs for Murphy’s stint within the North East – where he’ll work alongside fellow countrymen Ryan Campbell (head coach) and Marcus North (director of cricket). 

Murphy is predicted to feature at the beginning of the season after which be released from Durham duty if he is called within the squad for Australia’s Ashes defence – which is probably going. 

Todd Murphy has reportedly landed a contract with County side Durham

The spinner will gain much-needed experience ahead of this year's Ashes

The spinner will gain much-needed experience ahead of this 12 months’s Ashes

The 22-year-old joins a trio of teammates who’ve agreed to hitch County Championship sides ahead of the Ashes this 12 months.

Steve Smith will play three matches for Sussex, Marnus Labuschagne will return to Glamorgan while Michael Neser will even play for the Welsh side.   

Fans had reacted furiously to the news that ex-Australia captain Smith has been afforded the chance to get some crucial practice in English conditions, although England skipper Ben Stokes rubbished claims the Aussies could be advantaged.  

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