Australia Ponder Likely Spin Bowling Options For India Tour
With Nathan Lyon showing glimpses of his good old self in the last couple of games against Pakistan, Australia will heave a massive sigh of relief. Lyon, Australia’s lead spinner for almost six years now, struggled through a lean patch as he found wickets hard to come by. A major reason behind Australia’s lack luster performance against South Africa at home was Lyon’s inefficient and costly performance.
With the incredibly tough tour of India on cards, relaxing is an option that is completely out of the equation for Steven Smith’s young side. For that tour, it will be essential to ensure that the blunders of 2013 aren’t repeated. The Aussie selectors will have to pick spinners who can ably complement and back Lyon with the ball. The likes of Steve O’ Keefe, Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar are some of the options.
“I thought Nathan was very good in Melbourne and brilliant in this Test match,” coach Darren Lehmann said about Lyon. “That’s the best he’s bowled for a long period of time. I think he’ll admit that. He used his variation really well, bowled well to right and left-handers, bowled over and around, and chopped and changed, which was really pleasing. “Sometimes he gets into the one way, he just wants to bowl over the wicket all the time. He was exceptional in this game and bowled really well. I’m looking forward to that sort of combination going to India.”
Lehmann also mentioned that a spot was up for grabs for Glenn Maxwell. “He’ll certainly come under consideration with India coming up,” Lehmann said. “We know he plays spin bowling well and offers that extra dimension, and is a gun fielder. We want to see him make runs, and he’s had a reasonable start to the BBL. That’s the challenge for him, to keep going, and then hopefully earn a place in the one-day squad.”
He concluded by mentioning that in order to succeed in India, the key would be to bat big. “We batted 135 overs in this first innings – we need to bat 150-plus in India, to post a big, big total. It’s a great challenge for the group going forward. They’re fit and strong, so they should be able to bat long periods of time.”
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