Test star Nathan Lyon wants to make the most of his one crack at Indian ace Virat Kohli this summer and “get him out cheaply”.
But Australia’s greatest off-spinner decaled the absence of the Indian captain form the final three Tests this summer didn’t mean the home team would walk away with the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
Kohli will only play the opening Test in Adelaide and Lyon, who will have a week off after playing three Sheffield Shield matches before returning to training with NSW to prepare for the season, said the Aussies still had a lot of work to do to combat a star-studded Indian outfit.
“It’s disappointing for the series. You want to play against the best players in the world,” Lyon said.
“I believe he is the best player in the world along with Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. It’s disappointing but they have still got superstars.
“Look at Pujara, Rahane, and they have also got a couple of young guys coming in. It’s still going to be a massive challenge for us.
“Just because Virat’s not here doesn’t mean we get to hold the trophy up. We’ve still got a lot of work to do, a lot of homework to do.”
Virat Kohli will only play the first Test of the summer in Adelaide (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
Lyon rounded out his three game Shield campaign with three final day wickets against Tasmania, taking his tally to nine to start the summer.
That was five less wickets than all-rounder Sean Abbott, who starred with bat and ball across the three matches, finishing with a maiden first class hundred in the stunning win over Tassie.
Abbott was rewarded with selection in the 17-man Test squad, putting him on the precipice of a national call-up.
Lyon said his NSW teammate could not be more ready to take uyp that challenge.
“He‘s extremely hungry at the moment,” Lyon said.
“He‘s digging deeper than I’ve ever seen and he’s starting to have that belief that he can go to that next level and stay at that next level, which is incredible.
“He‘s got all the talent in the world. He’s one of the guys in Australian cricket that can do all three (skill) areas at (an) exceptional standard.
“The bowling is exceptional, he‘s one of the best fielders in the country and his batting has improved out of sight.
“He‘s a very team focused player and he’ll run in and give you everything with the ball.
“I‘m a massive fan of Sean and he’s starting to get his reward, which is really exciting.”
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