Australian senior spinner Nathan Lyon, who has replaced John Hastings for Country Championship in England for Worcestershire Cricket Club after the fast bowler, was named into the 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy scheduled in England from June 1, feels the wickets in England would suit pacers.
The off-spinner, who was enjoying the five-week break after tour India, while having the wealth of experience on his back, said the wickets will help fast bowlers and it would be pretty different than India.
“Different. I dare say the wickets are going to be a little bit more friendly for fast bowling and not so much spin bowling, especially compared to India. But it’s another good challenge for myself so I’m pretty excited,” Lyon was quoted as Worcestershire Club.
According to the Worcestershire County Cricket Club website, that revealed he would like to impart the knowledge while giving his best on fielding before adding he has been at New Road when Australia toured England and would be
“I’ve played there in a tour game for Australia so it is not my first time at New Road but very excited to be back and looking forward to playing a role and getting around the boys and passing on a bit of knowledge as well,” Lyon said.
Lyon has further stated he is trying improving as a bowler while stating he is not disappointed for not being picked for the ICC Champions Trophy adding he would back his team right from the word go while expecting ‘solid performances’ from the countrymen.
“I had a pretty good heads up that I wasn’t going to get picked in that. I’ve known for a while but it is exciting to be over here and I’ll be watching the boys pretty closely. Hopefully they put in some performances, play some good tournament cricket and come out with the goods, Lyon added.
The 29-year-old Lyon made his Specsavers County Championship appearance against Derbyshire on May 16 in the Royal London One-Day Cup where he picked a wicket after conceding 31 runs.
“Just the opportunity to come over and learn off different coaches and different players and learn to adapt to different conditions and play against different opportunity,” Lyon responded.
Hastings would be with Australian One-day International team and Lyon has been announced as the temporary replacement and he can also participate in the championship semi-final either against Surrey or Yorkshire Vikings on June 17 at the New Road.
“If I can just go out there and adapt and learn as a cricketer on and off the field, it is going to put me in good stead. It is also an opportunity to play some longer format cricket especially leading up to the big Ashes back home so it is exciting times,” Lyon added.
Lyon, who was called by the English County Club to join the team as they felt he could play the crucial role for the club for what he has praised. Before going into the traditional Ashes series, Lyon would find the trip helpful as a bowler.
“I am also following a long list of Australians who have played at Worcester and it is a great club,” Lyon further added.
Following the signing, Lyon will further assist slow bowlers like Ben Twohig and George Rhodes for Worcestershire side.
In 67 Tests for Australia, the successful spinner for Kangaroos bagged 247 wickets and is expecting to deliver more in the time to come while playing a good amount of longer format cricket.
The assistant coach of Worcestershire Matt Mason stated Lyon would definitely have an impact on the team while having an international experience on his back.