Nathan Lyon, Australia’s off-spinner admitted on Wednesday that in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series this time around in 2020-21, India have come up with some really good plans to combat him.
One aspect of Team India’s success Down Under in the ongoing series has been the way they have been able to play Australian spinner, Nathan Lyon.
Nathan Lyon: India Have Come Up With Plans To Combat Me This Time Around
Nathan Lyon, along with India’s Jasprit Bumrah, was the joint-highest wicket-taker in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series in 2018-19 with 21 dismissals. This time around, Indian batsmen have been successful in neutralizing his spin, as the bowler has only taken 6 wickets in the 3 Tests so far.
Nathan Lyon himself admitted on Wednesday that India have come up with some really good plans to combat him.
“This summer has been challenging. Playing against India, again, I think they’ve come up with some really good plans to combat me. To be honest, I’ve been really happy with what I’ve been bowling. I’ve been able to create some chances which have been really positive.
“I’m very happy the way they’re coming out. Some days the wheel doesn’t turn around and you don’t have much luck in the middle. I’m very happy how they’re coming out of my hand, [I’m] very confident,” he said to reporters on Wednesday.
Lyon has picked 3 wickets in Melbourne, 2 at Sydney and 1 at Adelaide conceding 346 runs at a strike rate of 128 his second-worst strike rate after Pakistan series at UAE in October 2014.
Nathan Lyon Is Nearing 400 Test Wickets In Process Of Being 3rd Australian To Reach The Milestone
Lyon has 396 Test wickets and is just four wickets short of becoming the third Australian to reach the 400 Test wicket milestone. Only Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath have got more than 400 wickets. Spinner Shane Warne has 708 wickets while Glenn McGrath has 563 wickets.
But he is hopeful that the Gabba pitch at Brisbane, which offers more bounce than the flat track of the SCG, will help him to be among wickets in the final Test.
“I’m very excited to get to the Gabba where there’s a bit more bounce than the MCG and SCG, definitely SCG anyway. I’m very excited about that. Knowing that if I keep doing my job with the Australian cricket team the luck will keep changing here and there. I’ve just got to stay patient and see how we go,” Nathan Lyon added.
Nathan Lyon has bowled 128 overs in 3 Tests prior to Brisbane Test picking up 6 wickets averaging below par 57.67. But he is optimistic as in Brisbane, he has picked 35 wickets in 9 Tests averaging 29.37.