Australia Might Play Ugly Against India, Says Nathan Lyon

Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon thinks that the upcoming India series might test them physically and mentally, so they might play the match ugly to score runs in the four-Test series which will start from next month.

The 29-years-old off-spinner wrote in a column for Sydney Morning Herald “Recent history tells us that over the past 10 years India has lost just four of 49 Tests at home – two to South Africa and two to England.”

“Touring there tests you physically and mentally. It puts every area of your skill and resilience under the microscope. To stand up and play well in India is to announce you as a world class team and that is what we want to do,” he added.

“We may have to play ugly to score runs and take wickets. Captain Steve Smith talked about adapting to the conditions.”

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The four-Test series has started on 23rd February in Pune, followed by Bengaluru (March 4-8), Ranchi (March 16-20) and Dharamsala (March 25-29). India had blanked Australia 4-0 during their last tour in 2013.

Nathan said that adjusting to the wicket in India will be vital “The most important thing I found when I toured there four years ago was adjusting to the type of wickets we’ll be playing on. They’re going to be spin-friendly but India’s batsmen are probably the best players of spin in the world, so we’re going to have to be patient.”

In India, test matches tend to start slowly, but they can speed up very quickly. It’s about hanging in there and trying to win the big moments throughout the day,” he wrote.

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He wrote that Australia would have a young team however Lyon is hopeful that his new-look will be able to attain the results. “Most of our new-look team have never played a Test in India. With all the recent changes only Steve Smith, David Warner, Matt Wade and myself are survivors from 2013. Seven of us remain from last year’s tour of Sri Lanka, which presented similar conditions.”

“But there is energy and a belief in this young group which we saw during the second half of the summer. The way they play their natural game gives me the confidence we can climb cricket’s biggest mountain.”

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