Coach Lehmann Turns The Heat On Spinner Nathan Lyon
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has turned the heat on seasoned off-spinner Nathan Lyon, by pointing out the lack of match-winning spells by the bowler in the second innings of Test matches.
Lyon, despite being the lead spinner for his team, has never posed a serious threat to batsmen even while bowling in conditions which favour the spin bowlers.
The 26-year-old has managed to pick up only 46 wickets in the second innings from his overall tally of 112 wickets in 33 Test matches.
On Indian subcontinent pitches, where the spinners play a prominent role in the second innings, Lyon has managed just five wickets in six Test matches.
"It's a hard time because the last day of a game you expect him to win the game," Lehmann said in quotes published by News Ltd on Sunday.
Cricket Australia has employed the services of legendary off-spinner from Sri Lanka, Muttiah Muralitharan, as the spin consultant in the month of June to help Nathan Lyon develop variations in his bowling.
"Nathan Lyon has been bowling brilliantly, but hopefully I can help him a little bit on how to bowl in these subcontinent conditions, on how to use the conditions and how to setup the field; I have bowled to most of the Pakistani batsman in the past so hopefully I can help a bit," Muralitharan was quoted as saying during his tenure as the spin consultant.
The pressure on Lyon will be higher than ever on this tour with his team expecting crucial breakthroughs on spin-friendly tracks of United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Australia will commence their tour against Pakistan on 3rd October with a Twenty20 match followed by three One-Day Internationals and Two Test matches to conclude the series.
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