Nathan Lyon has made himself absolutely certain that he will be completely merciless to the English side in the upcoming Ashes. Lyon, who is coming on the back of some exceptional performances from the Caribbean, is eager to wreck havoc on England as the battle lines for the Ashes are drawn. In an interview, the successful off spinner from South Australia said that he will target England’s left handed batsmen and would want to torment them.
Lyon has been a very successful bowler in the Ashes, and in 8 tests, has 28 wickets to his name at an impressive average of 30.75.
The off spinner spoke about the nature of pitches he expected to be laid down for the upcoming series against England. “I can’t see them being fast and bouncy that’s for sure,” Lyon said. “I’m expecting something pretty similar to last time, probably good batting wickets and hopefully they’ll take a bit of spin and hopefully that may play into my hands. With the pace that we’ve got in our squad with Johnson, Starc, Siddle, Harris, Watson, Marsh, there is no real weak link there, so I dare say they will be taking the speed out of the pitch, that’s for sure. I think that they’re going to make pretty good batting pitches and try and take the game as long as they can.”
“I’m confident in my skill to get the job done for Australia, especially because they’ve got several left-handers in the squad which I’m quite excited to be bowling at,” said Lyon.
Reacting to Graeme Swann’s views that England will come out all guns blazing against Lyon, he said, “I’ve been having that done for 41 Tests now so I’m getting used to that, especially when we’ve got a quality pace attack,” Lyon said of England’s batsmen going after him, as per the views of Graeme Swann. “I’m up for the fight and I’m looking forward to it so it’s nice for Graeme Swann to come out like that.”
Lyon also spoke about the left handed batsmen present in the English camp.”If we have two left-handers or one left-handed [bowler] in our team they’re going to do a great job for us and they are going to create rough outside the off-stump for a right-hander and that’s often brilliant for me.”
“Also, I would daresay the England attack will come round the wicket to a few of our left-handers which will play into my hands as well, so hopefully Davey [Warner] and a few others can get a few runs up the top and they can keep running over the wicket,” said the 27 year old.
The Australian also opened up about his stint with Muttiah Muralitharan, when the latter was Australia’s spin consultant in late 2014. “I did lot of work with Murali a year ago and one of his big pieces of advice was that my stock pace would always work, no matter where you are in the world,” Lyon said. “It’s just being able to have that variation of going up the gears and down the gears so I’m not going to change too much.”
“I know what works for me and I’m going to back myself. No matter where you are in the world, trust your stock ball and that’s what I’ve gone back to over the last 12 months, and it seems to have been working quite well for me,” said Lyon.
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