According to the Sydney Morning Herald, rather than just benefitting the Bushrangers, however, Shipperd insisted the national team would benefit if emerging spinners such as South Australia's Adam Zampa, Western Australia's Ashton Turner and Tasmania's Clive Rose did not have to dislodge their state's first-choice tweakers to play.
He ridiculed the argument such a move should be resisted because allowing the 12th man to bowl would be against criteria for first-class matches, the report said.
Victoria, of which Shipperd is the shield coach, boasts two Test spin-bowling prospects: leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed and left-arm finger-spinner Jon Holland, the report added.
The Bushrangers are reluctant to select both in the same team because Australian pitches typically are not conducive to spin, particularly early in the season when it rains regularly, according to the report.
Shipperd argued that because we do not use medicine from 50 years ago, we should also not rely on statistics from 50 years ago.
--ANI (Posted on 29-10-2013)