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Nathan Lyon turns to Muttiah Muralitharan for assistance

Nathan Lyon turns to Muttiah Muralitharan for assistance
Muttiah Muralitharan believes Nathan Lyon will be a key factor for Australia in sub-continent.
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Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon says any chance to spend more time with spin-bowling legend Muttiah Muraliatahn during his team's tour of Sri Lanka would be a fantastic opportunity.

Muralitharan, who is the most successful bowler in the history of the game, took 1,347 wickets across the three formats of the game from 495 matches.

In 2014, Muralitharan joined Australia for a brief period as a bowling consultant for the Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Lyon feels that reuniting with Muralitharan for a short while during the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka will be quite helpful.

"(Mentor) John Davison and myself were recently talking about a few comments that Murali said about how you should be bowling over on the sub-continent," Lyon told the Cricket Australia website.

"So I’m looking forward to putting those into play and hopefully it will be good to catch up with Murali again over there.

"If we can get him down to a training session that would be fantastic," he added.

Back in 2014, Muralitharan said that Australia must persevere with Lyon and the 28-year-old has gone on to become a key bowler for his side.

In 2015, Lyon went on to take 48 wickets from 13 Tests at an average of 28.72 and is currently just five scalps away from getting to the 200-wicket mark in the format.

The Sri Lankan legend predominantly used his wrist to bowl his off-breaks and doosras while Lyon is more of a traditional finger-spinner.

Now though, Lyon is seeking to learn ways to read the game better in subcontinental conditions from Muralitharan instead of looking into the technical aspects of off-spin bowling.

"It’s not so much technical, I’ve got a little bit different action to Murali.

"It’s more mindset, and attacking and defending in subcontinental conditions.

"Just understanding the game, and somebody of his quality and what he was able to do in subcontinent conditions was pretty spectacular so if I can learn off him by just listening to him and talking to him then I’m heading in the right direction."

Australia will tour Sri Lanka in July to play a three-match Test series, a five-game One-Day International series and two Twenty20 Internationals.

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