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Nathan Lyon doesn't think that Australia has an advantage

by  Neel Ashar  •  Last updated on 2021-01-13 21:31:39


Australia's premier leg-spinner Nathan Lyon believes that Australia does not have a significant advantage, even though they are scheduled to play at Australia's premier fortress, The Gabba in Brisbane. He said, "I wouldn't say that Australia have the advantage. You look at the class throughout the Indian squad, yes they will be missing a couple of big players but they have got a talented squad they can pick from. 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 hopefully, we can put them into play nice and early when we have the ball in hand. We do have an amazing record here at Gabba, we do have the confidence and we know how to play a really positive brand of cricket here at Brisbane. But we can't rest on that. We know how talented India is and how hungry they are to win this series. Ashwin has bowled very well, I have said throughout my career that he is a world-class bowler. Absolutely incredible to watch, he has definitely adapted well coming in to Australia, so hats off to him."

Lyon was all praises for Smith and defended him after a video surfaced of him scuffing the guard of Rishabh Pant said, " I'm really disappointed with the way that everyone has jumped on the back of him. He's played close to 80-odd Test matches and I think he's done that in every Test match he's ever played. Even though we weren't batting in the rest of that Test, he was still thinking about batting and he does it to help me as well. He's looking at where I should pitch the ball, what pace I need to bowl on that wicket, so it's all about the conversation. " Lyon praised the Aussie skipper Paine too- " I think Paine showed a lot of humility and a great leader attitude to put his hand up and say that he didn't play the game he wanted to play. Yes, we didn't have the game we wanted, he probably became too emotional in the game but he's owned that. "

India tour of Australia Test schedule

Vodafone Test Series: 

1st Test (D/N): December 17 to 21 at the Adelaide Oval

2nd Test: December 26 to 30 at the MCG

3rd Test: January 7 to 11 at the SCG

4th Test: January 15 to 19 at the Gabba

Test squad: Virat Kohli (Capt only for the 1st Test), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar, Ajinkya Rahane (vc for 1st Test and captain thereafter), Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Saha (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Mohd. Siraj

T20I squad: Virat Kohli (Capt), Shikhar, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vc & wk), Shreyas Iyer, Manish, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington ThakurSundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Shardul Thakur