Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon has enjoyed some mouth-watering battles against India and has bowled plenty of match-winning spells too. In his 96-Test career so far, Nathan Lyon has enjoyed the maximum success against India and England, taking 85 scalps against them out of 390. And predictably, the veteran spinner is looking forward to the four-match Test series against India later this year at home.
Nathan Lyon is currently in England and part of Australia’s squad for the T20 and ODI squads. Lyon has not been able to find a place in the eleven as Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar done well enough in both the formats. He last played a limited-overs game in the 2019 World Cup semi-final against England in which Lyon ended up wicketless. However, he remains Australia’s frontline spinner in Tests.
Nathan Lyon conceded he could not wait for India to show up and equated the India-Australia rivalry to the Ashes. The 32-year old said that the Indian team has got some great players; hence, it’s going to be a challenge. Lyon understands that India beat them in their backyard the last time; however, he is confident that the Australian Test side is in the right place currently. Nevertheless, the prolific off-spinner emphasizes continuous improvement and keen to get their summer underway.
“I can’t wait for India to come out that’s the pinnacle, like the Ashes. You look at the great players India’s got, it’s going to be a massive challenge. Obviously they beat us at home the last time they were out here, but I think where the Australian Test side is at the moment is a very good place but we can’t settle there, we need to continually look for improvement and we’re really looking forward to getting out there this summer,” Lyon stated as quoted by cricket.com.au.
Nathan Lyon hopes to get some game time before the four-Test series:
Nathan Lyon stated that he would look to hit the stride by playing some Shield cricket for New South Wales at Adelaide hopefully when he gets back home. He took 21 wickets in four Tests the last time Virat Kohli’s men visited Australia.
“I know I’ll get the opportunity to play some Shield cricket for New South Wales hopefully in Adelaide when I get home, but I’m ready now and I can’t wait to face the Indians,” he added.