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India vs Australia: India have come up with some really good plans to combat me, says Nathan Lyon

Australia’s Nathan Lyon admitted on Wednesday that in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series this time around, India have come up with some really good plans to combat him.

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon against India in the Sydney Test

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon against India in the Sydney Test. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nathan Lyon has only taken 6 wickets in the 3 Tests against India so far
  • The last time India toured Australia, Lyon was the highest wicket-taker for the hosts with 21 wickets
  • Lyon has 396 wickets and is just four short of becoming the 3rd Australian to reach the 400 Test wicket milestone

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.

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, India have been successful in neutralising his spin, as the bowler has only taken 6 wickets in the 3 Tests so far. 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 closes in on yet another milestone

Lyon has 396 Test wickets and is just four short of becoming the third Australian to reach the 400 Test wicket milestone. Only Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath have got more then 400 wickets.

But he is hopeful that the Gabba pitch, which offers more bounce than the flat track of the SCG, will help him 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,” Lyon added.

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