Lyon wants a five- for
Adelaide : The only Australian bowler who has not made an impact so far, off- spinner Nathan Lyon is aiming for a five- wicket haul against a demoralised India in the ongoing fourth and final Test as he feels the Adelaide Oval pitch is showing alt145 natural variationalt39. ‘Theres plenty of rough for the spinners so hopefully I will be able to play more of a role tomorrow,’said Lyon who took 3 for 57 during Indias second innings here on Friday.
‘Wealt39re starting to see some natural variation and some spin and the ball is starting to keep low,’added the bowler who had taken just two wickets in the series coming into this match. Australia are just four wickets away from completing a 4- 0 series whitewash.
Lyons first wicket was that of Virender Sehwag, who chose a full toss to hit uppishly into the covers.
‘It probably wasnalt39t my best ball. Ialt39m not going to call him back. Thats for sure. Ricky Ponting came up to me just before that ball and said alt145 do him in the airalt39so I was pretty happy about it,’he said.
He also claimed Sachin Tendulkar, caught at forward short leg, but didnalt39t seem overwhelmed by the scalp.’Its been an absolute privilege to get him out,’said Lyon.
This is the first time Lyon has got among the wickets but he stressed he had bowled well throughout the series.’Ialt39ve felt Ialt39ve bowled reasonably okay the whole summer. Its just good to be able to contribute to hopefully a teams victory,’he said.
At one stage, Lyon had nine fielders around the bat during Indias second innings.
‘To have that many fielders around the bat is something Ialt39ve never done before. It didnalt39t work but wealt39ll give it a crack another time, hopefully,’he said.
Lyon has worked as one of the groundstaff at Adelaide Oval and he said he is enjoying his present stint with the Australian team.
‘Its been a different type of fence, you could say right now. Ialt39m enjoying the Test match rather than sitting on the roller watching it.
Its been a fantastic experience in front of the home crowd and Ialt39ve enjoyed every moment of it,’he said.
Virat Kohli and Ben Hilfenhaus were involved in a verbal spat on the field on the third day and today the latter appeared to have had his revenge by running out the young Indian middle order batsman.
‘Whats been said on the field stays on the field as far as Ialt39m concerned. Ben Hilfenhausalt39run out was pretty special. It set us on a good feeling in the change room right now,’said Lyon. Lyon disagreed with critics that India is an average team.
‘I wouldnalt39t say Indias an average team.
Theyalt39re full of great cricketers and we still have got a lot of work to do. Australias heading in the right direction where we want to get to,’he said.
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This is the first time Nathan Lyon ( in centre) has got among the wickets but he stressed he had bowled well throughout the series.