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Important for me to lead from front - Nathan Lyon

Important for me to lead from front - Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon opined that it was the time for him to take up a leadership role by mentoring the youngsters in the team when they face Bangladesh in October.
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Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon opined that it was the time for him to take up a leadership role by mentoring the youngsters in the team when they face Bangladesh in October.

Having played 46 Tests, Lyon is the senior most player in the Australian team behind Peter Siddle in terms of match experience.

With a relatively young squad Australia are currently embarking on a rebuilding phase after the retirements of the senior players post the 2015 Ashes.

Lyon is excited to be among the senior members of the side and hopes that he can be of help to the Australian captain, Steven Smith.

“It’s important for myself to start leading from the front on the training field and away from cricket as well,” Lyon told News Corp.

“I’ll hopefully have a mentor-type role and try and help Steve (Smith) and Adam Voges as much out on this tour, but even going forward just to help anyone who needs it.

“It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to that part. It’s a new step in my career as well.” 

Pat Cummins was recently side-lined from the Bangladesh tour with a stress fracture in his lower back, whereas James Faulkner was named as his replacement.

Lyon feels that Australia will miss out on the advantage of having Cummins pace in their attack, but is confident that the current bowling line-up will do well.

“Losing Pat is a big loss, especially with the pace that he’s able to bowl at,” he said.

“It’s going to be a big role for Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle and Andrew Fekete, Steve O’Keefe and myself to do the majority of the bowling. "

The Bangladesh tour presents an opportunity for Australia to try out two spinners, giving a chance for Lyon and Steve O’Keefe to bowl in tandem.

O’Keefe, who has only one Test match to his name played alongside Lyon in his debut game against Pakistan in the UAE last year.

The duo were not very successful in their exploits as the Pakistan batsmen made merry against the Australian bowlers.

Nevertheless Lyon is looking forward at the prospect of bowling alongside O’Keefe once again and hopefully get good results this time around.

“SOK (Steve O’Keefe) and I bowl well together, we’ve got a good relationship.

“So hopefully we can bowl in tandem and spin Australia to a couple of victories.”

Bangladesh, who will host Australia for only the second time are currently on the back of a good run of form in the limited overs games at home.

Lyon acknowledges that Bangladesh will be a tough opposition in their home conditions and urged Australia to play good cricket to beat them.

“Bangladesh have been playing some decent cricket and they’re good in their own back yard.

“We’ve got to get better at playing overseas and our goal is still to be the No. 1 Test nation in the world.

“To do that we need to start winning away from home.

“It was obviously disappointing with the Ashes, but if we can start fresh with Bangladesh then we’re on our way.”

Australia will play a three-day tour game against the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in Fatullah between 3rd and 5th October, before the two match Test series which gets underway on 9th October. 

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