Nathan Lyon said that the Australian team might play three spinners for Pakistan Series in UAE. Pakistan will play all their home games at UAE and might have home advantage against Australia but Lyon felt that he is bettering himself and is ready to get uglier to improve as a player.
Australians will play three tests against Pakistan. Four years ago, they lost the test series by 2-0 at UAE and Lyon said that due to tougher circumstances, they need to play three spinners for the test series next month.
Nathan Lyon, who is one of the most successful finger spinners for Australia, is accompanied by the two left-arm spinners Ashton Agar and Jon Holland. Coming to batsmen, Australia accommodated two uncapped players Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne since they can serve as backup spinners.
Speaking about the team compositions, Lyon opined that “If it’s going to be a Pune wicket, why wouldn’t you play three spinners?”
“But going off the last tour here, they were pretty flat, they were hard work. Definitely, we have to be open (to three spinners) over here. It’s hard to say until you see the conditions we’ll be faced with.”
“The two guys, in my eyes, vying for the batting five and batting six (spots), Marnus and Travis Head, they both offer us a spin component as well,”
“We’re going to have minimum three spinners in the side no matter what anyway and whether they want to go with the three frontline spinners, that’s totally up to ‘Cracker’ (chief selector Trevor Hohns) and ‘JL’ (coach Justin Langer) and (Tim Paine.”
Jon Holland participated in the tour to South Africa earlier this year but could not make his mark. In 2016, during a tour to Sri Lanka, Australia lost the test series by 0-3.
Speaking about Jon Holland, he said “I’m a big fan of Jon Holland’s,”
“He’s done extremely well in the (Sheffield) Shield back home over the last few years, he’s a very talented bowler. He spins up the back of the ball which I love, it’s my absolute mantra.
“We’re good mates as well. Our communication bowling out in the middle (during center-wicket practice on Sunday) was brilliant. Hopefully, we can really build that relationship here and take that out into the middle, that’s going to be a massive key for us … we’re going to get a lot of work over here.”
When Australia toured to UAE in 2014, Lyon managed to pick only three wickets from 110 overs at an average of 140.66 from two tests.
In this context, he said that he was a “better cricketer and person” and was prepared to get “ugly”.
For me, it’s about bowling ugly over here. We will have to find a way to hit the stumps and that might be bowling the square or round-arm, whatever that may be,”
It has been a brilliant lead up here before the first Test. The four-day game here in a few days is going to be a great time for us to experiment and also see the way they are going to play us.” He concluded.