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Nathan Lyon unfazed by lack of left-arm seamers

Nathan Lyon took 10 wickets in the three Tests against New Zealand in the recently concluded Trans-Tasman trophy.
Nathan Lyon took 10 wickets in the three Tests against New Zealand in the recently concluded Trans-Tasman trophy.
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Being part of a squad without any left-arm fast bowlers who can help spinners by creating footmarks as games progress is not something that is worrying Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

After the retirement of Mitchell Johnson and the injury to Mitchell Starc, Australia are left without a left-arm fast bowler in their ranks for the start of the series against West Indies.

Nevertheless, Lyon is confident that he will be able to work with the right-arm seamers coming around the wicket at times to create the footmarks that will aid spin.

“We're just going to have to make sure we run over the wicket a little bit more," he said.

"There's going to be footmarks there.

“Josh Hazlewood might just have to come around the wicket.

“I'm happy to work with whatever we have to.”

Having played 49 Test matches for Australia, Lyon is currently the second most experienced player in the side, after Peter Siddle, who has played 58 games.

The 28-year-old further stated that he is enjoying the responsibility that comes with being one of the most senior members in the side.

"In each and every game it seems to be going up another notch.

"I'm enjoying it. It's another challenge for myself.

“I'm looking forward to helping out Steve (Smith) and Davey (Warner) and Peter Siddle who are the senior guys in the squad at the moment.

“It's exciting and a new challenge.” 

Lyon enjoys a good record against West Indies having taken 21 wickets from five matches at an average of 23.38 including a five-wicket haul. 

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