Murphy soaks up 'surreal' debut Test tour of India
Australia's newest spin sensation Todd Murphy will soak up the last Test of his "surreal" debut tour well aware international opportunities could become sparse.
The 22-year-old has been a revelation in India, capturing the imagination of the cricket world when he took 7-124 on Test debut in Nagpur last month.
Murphy has been able to bamboozle some of the best batters in the world, dismissing Indian icon Virat Kohli three times during the Border-Gavaskar series.
Despite having immediate success, Murphy is unlikely to be in the XI for Australia's next Test after the Indian series- the World Test Championship final at The Oval in June.
Conditions in India have led to Australia playing three spinners, with Murphy's debut being the first time the team picked two frontline right-arm offspinners in 35 years.
But pitches in England almost always suit fast-bowling, meaning Murphy will likely only get an opportunity in the Ashes if Nathan Lyon is unavailable.
"I haven't thought too far ahead but when you look 'Gaz (Lyon) is still bowling as good as he ever has so when this series does come to an end it is going to slow down a little, it's quite rare in other places in the world to play two spinners," Murphy said.
"To have this taste so early it will drive me to get better and want it even more when hopefully it next does come.
"It's been pretty surreal, coming over here and not really sure what to expect with opportunities and that.
"To play the first three Tests and be part of a winning side last Test was awesome, it's been a great tour and something I'm going to look back on for a long time and be really proud of."
Murphy has relished bowling to the masters of spin in their own backyard after coming on this tour having played just seven first-class games for Victoria.
"It's been awesome, when I look back to Nagpur when he (Kohli) walked out to bat I was sort of at the top of my mark thinking 'this is as good as it gets' getting to bowl to a guy like that," Murphy said.
"To be able to have that for the first three Tests has been awesome, a really enjoyable battle and no different to bowling to a lot of their guys when they stand there it is daunting at times.
"It is always nice when plans come off, Nagpur wasn't an ideal dismissal but you take what you can get so to have a couple of times the last few games has been really nice and validation that what we are thinking works."
Australia are desperate to end the tour by drawing the series 2-2 after coming off a memorable nine-wicket breakthrough triumph in Indore.
The series started in horrible fashion but Australia could finish off by beating India in the Ahmedabad stadium named after the country's prime minister, Narendra Modi.
More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the opening day of the fourth Test, with Modi to gather with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese as the countries celebrate "75 years of friendship through cricket".