Exciting to bowl alongside Adam Zampa - Nathan Lyon
Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon said that it was quite exciting to bowl alongside leg-spinner Adam Zampa after a man of the match performance in the win against West Indies in the ongoing tri-series in Guyana.
Zampa and Lyon paired up and accounted for three wickets each as West Indies were bundled out for 116 runs in just 32.3 overs.
In reply, Australia took just 25.4 overs to chase down the target with David Warner leading at the top with an unbeaten run-a-ball 55 which was laced with three fours and a six.
For his three-wicket haul, Lyon picked up his maiden man of the match award and the 28-year-old said that he and Zampa worked well together, bowling in tandem.
“It’s about time I reckon.
“I get along with Zampa and Maxi (Glenn Maxwell) really well.
“We work really well together and we seem to bowl really well in tandem.”
“It was exciting to play the first game with Zamps (Adam Zampa) and hopefully there’s a big future for both of us.
“I think that’s one of our biggest weapons - our communication.
“We’re all really good mates, we all want to see each other do well.
“If we can have that open communication with each other and try and help each other better the team and get the right result for Australia, we’re heading in the right direction.”
Zampa also impressed in his spell, picking three wickets from 5.3 overs, giving away just 16 runs and the performance drew praise from Lyon.
Acknowledging that Zampa fulfilled his role perfectly, Lyon said that it was quite impressive to see a leg-spinner do well on the international stage.
“That’s what good spinners do,” Lyon said.
“He played his role exceptionally.
“The way he goes about it, even at training, he’s always trying to get better and it’s exciting.
“For any young leg-spinner to come out and show his skills to the world on a big stage, on a turning pitch, it was great and pretty exciting.”
Despite the comprehensive win which fetched Australia a bonus point, Lyon said that there was plenty of work to do for the team in the tri-series.
“As a bowling unit I think we pride ourselves on limiting extras.
“I think we let ourselves down (conceding 14), there was a bit of rust floating around.
“But it was a good workout. I thought we bowled pretty well together in partnerships.
“And we took our chances, so overall we’re pretty happy with it.
“But we also know there’s a lot more work to do in this tri-series. It’s only one game.
“We’re excited and we’re looking forward to the next challenge.”
Australia’s next two encounters in the ongoing tri-series will be against South Africa on 7th and 11th June in Guyana and St Kitts respectively.
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