This is still not an advantage for Australia, believes the country’s top spinner Nathan Lyon, despite having played the fourth litmus test in the series against an injury-ravaged Indian team in a venue where the record of the home team is second to none. The veteran activist refused to overlook the courage and courage shown by Indians in the third test drawn in Sydney. “I wouldn’t say (Australia have the advantage). You look at the class in the whole Indian squad, yes they will be missing a few big guys, but they have a talented squad to choose from,” Lyon said. during a virtual press conference on Wednesday.
India will be forced to launch a second-string bowling attack with all of their best pacers including Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja, the versatile spin-bowler, ruled out of injuries. “To be honest we have to worry about our preparation. We can’t look too far at what they are doing. As bowlers we are very well suited for the Gabba and we hope we can get them on the line early and early. we have the ball in hand. “Australia are heading to the venue with a fine record, having won 33, 13 draws, one draw and lost eight of 55 games in Brisbane.
“We have an incredible record here at Gabba, we have the confidence and we know how to play a really positive brand of cricket here in Brisbane. But we can’t rest on that. We know how talented India is and how how hungry they have to win this series. ”
Lyon praised his compatriot Ravichandran Ashwin, adding that the Indian has done well to adapt to Australian conditions.
“Ashwin bowled really well, I have said throughout my career that he is a world class bowler. Absolutely amazing to watch, he adapted really well coming to Australia so hats off to him. . ”
Speaking of teammate Steve Smith, who has been accused of scraping the guard of Rishabh Pant in Sydney, Lyon said the star drummer tries to help him and does so on every test.
“I’m really disappointed with the way everyone jumped on him. He has played almost 80 test matches and I think he has done so in every test match he has played,” said Lyon.
“Even though we haven’t played batting in the rest of this test, he was still thinking about batting and he’s also doing it to help me. He looks at where I should throw the ball, how fast I should play on that. counter. So it’s all about conversation, ”he added.
Lyon said skipper Tim Paine, who was criticized after his verbal duel with Ashwin in the third Test, showed great character in admitting his mistakes after the match.
“I think Paine showed a lot of humility and a great leadership attitude to put up his hand and say he didn’t play the game he wanted to play. Yes, we didn’t. the game we wanted, he probably got just as emotional in the game, but he possessed it. ”
One of the most successful spinners of the modern era, with 396 test wickets to his name, Lyon will be eyeing his 400th scalp while playing in his historic 100th test at Gabba.
“I’m going to pinch myself when my name is on these guys (who have played 100 tests). In my eyes these 12 players are absolute legends of Australian and world cricket, it’s pretty amazing.”
Reflecting on the ups and downs of his career, the non-spinner said he was far from done and was more motivated than ever.
“There have been ups and downs. Adelaide’s test against India in 2014 was probably the biggest peak of my career, but you look at Edgbaston and it’s another amazing peak, then you go to Leeds and that was the other end of the It’s my 100th and I’m far from done, I’m still so hungry and want to go play as much cricket as I can for Australia ”, said Lyon.
The series is currently locked at 1-1.
Topics mentioned in this article