Mitchell Swepson has cemented his burgeoning reputation as one of Australia's finest spin bowlers, with an extraordinary feat in Queensland's Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia.
The Bulls leg-spinner helped his side to a commanding position against the Redbacks after a third consecutive five-wicket innings.
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Not since 1939-40 when former Test spinner Bill O'Reilly bagged five-wicket hauls in four consecutive innings, has a leg-spinner matched Swepson's astonishing achievement.
The 27-year-old was the catalyst for a shocking Redbacks batting collapse that saw the South Australians lose 7-34 after Test batsman Travis Head's wicket for 37 runs late on Monday.
Swepson's haul of 5-55 came after he removed Head in controversial circumstances, with the Redbacks batsman convinced his LBW decision hit him outside the line of the stumps, from wide of the crease and around the wicket.
The spinner's wicket of Liam Scott also carried an element of fortune about it after the allrounder was given out LBW, despite clearly hitting the ball with his bat.
However, there was no disputing the quality of his deliveries to remove Conor McInerney and tailender Wes Agar after deceiving both batsman with wicked flight and spin off the Glenelg Oval pitch.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 9, 2020
Swepson's devastating spell of bowling left retiring Callum Ferguson carrying the can for the Redbacks, who finished day two at 9-154, still 342 runs behind the Bulls' first innings score.
The 27-year-old comfortably leads the Shield wicket-taking standings with 20 wickets already this season, at an average of 18 after just five innings.
His latest heroics left fans convinced that a Test call-up is imminent - even if it as a back-up to Australia's greatest off-spin bowler, Nathan Lyon.
— 👀 (@LifeIsAnElation) November 9, 2020
Mitch Swepson with another 5 for!!! He’ll play test cricket this year.
— Reg Roberts (@RugbyReg) November 9, 2020
Another five-wicket haul for Mitchell Swepson. His remarkable last month continues... #SheffieldShield
— Adam White (@White_Adam) November 9, 2020
Surely Mitch Swepson is in the Aussie year squad as a back up for Nathan Lyon. Has three 5fas so far this summer. Aussie cricket looking bright at the moment! 🏏
— John Donohoe (@jdonohoe12) November 9, 2020
Brilliant to see a young spinner improve as much as Mitch Swepson has, who would also be on the verge of a test debut when Nathan Lyon is not available or the team needs a second spinner. He's not only top of the wickets tally, he's winning games for QLD and tidy with econ also.
— Monty B. Sunshine (@montybsunny) November 9, 2020
Was watching too mate, Swepson on fire!
— Jackson Fry (@JacksonFry1) November 9, 2020
— Peter Argent (@argentphatsnaps) November 9, 2020
— Peter Psaltis (@peterp79) November 9, 2020
Renshaw, Peirson put Bulls on top
Queensland's dominant lead in the match came after Matthew Renshaw and Jimmy Peirson both bludgeoned centuries earlier on day two.
Renshaw made his biggest contribution of the season for Queensland, finishing 168 not out, while wicketkeeper Peirson (109) registered his breakthrough first-class ton.
The big score was a welcome return for Renshaw who had last scored a century for Queensland in March 2018.
"It's nice to get a hundred on board, it's been a long time without one," Renshaw said.
After slipping to 2-11 on day one, the Bulls had three consecutive centurions in the match, with former Australia Test bat Usman Khawaja cracking 131 on day one.
Something of a forgotten man of Australian cricket - having last pulled on the baggy green two-and-a-half years ago, Renshaw showed his capabilities when in-form during his 230-ball innings (18 fours and 5 sixes).
Chadd Sayers was the pick of the SA bowlers with 2-98.
"Our efforts are fine, no issue with that, but we need to be better," SA coach Jason Gillespie said of his side in the field.
But batting was a different story.
"By and large we got ourselves out and there's no hiding from that," he said.