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Confident Lyon challenges England batsmen to take him on

Nathan Lyon picked five wickets in the Brisbane Test
Nathan Lyon picked five wickets in the Brisbane Test

Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon has challenged England batsmen to take him on as the teams line-up for the day-night Test in Adelaide that begins on 2nd December.

Lyon played a pivotal role in setting up Australia's 10-wicket win over England in Brisbane as he claimed five wickets and also effected a vital run out of an in-form James Vince in the first innings.

The 30-year-old maintained an economy rate under 2.5 holding one end up and constantly applying pressure on the England batsmen and was particularly dangerous in the second innings when the ball was turning viciously and his wickets of Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali set up the game for Australia.

With none of the England batsmen taking a chance against the off-spinner, Lyon has now challenged the visitors to have a go at him at the Adelaide Oval which will also be the first time these two teams will be involved in a pink ball Test.

"I think if they did do that, it does definitely play into my hands," Lyon told reporters at the stadium.

"I like it when opposition guys try to attack me and try to whack me out of the attack.

"But it’s a part of the game ... No doubt England will come prepared and they’ll have a different plan for me compared to what they had in the first test. But it is what it is.

"It’s about adapting, it’s about enjoying the challenge and embracing the game of cricket."

Even though James Anderson and Stuart Broad looked good for England with the new ball, the pressure was released as Jake Ball and Chris Woakes remained largely ineffective but Lyon believes the conditions in Adelaide, especially under the lights, will make them a potent force.

“I think with the pink ball, it’s going to suit their bowlers,” said Lyon.

”We know they’re going to come back bigger and better and stronger.

“It’s not going to be a walk in the park ... We need to make sure that we respect them.”

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