Can learn by watching Ravi Ashwin bowl, says Nathan Lyon who has a wicket more than India offie in Tests

Can learn by watching Ravi Ashwin bowl, says Nathan Lyon who has a wicket more than India offie in Tests

Lyon is the fourth-highest wicket-taker Australian in Tests.

Nathan Lyon talks to Cheteshwar Pujara
Nathan Lyon talks to Cheteshwar Pujara. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

He did not have much of a success in the World Cup where the pacers ruled the roost. Experts are also predicting the fast bowlers to play a decisive role in the Ashes starting Thursday at Edgbaston. But the experienced off-spinner in Nathan Lyon could have his time in the five-match series as he has troubled English batsmen in the past as well. Australia are looking to retain the Ashes they won in 2017 besides scripting the first Test series victory in England since 2001.

Lyon, along with India’s Ravichandran Ashwin, is two of the world’s leading finger spinners at the moment and the Aussie gave Ashwin a huge compliment ahead of the Ashes about how he plans to learn from the latter. Lyon, 31, has 343 Test wickets at the moment as against Ashwin’s 342 though the former has played 21 matches more than the Indian (86 to 65).

Ashwin, who hasn’t played for India since the early part of the Test series versus Australia last year, will be donning India cap later this month when Virat Kohli’s men face the West Indies in a two-Test series. Lyon had excelled in that Australia-India series with over 20 scalps in four games.

“I have watched a lot of footage of Ravi Ashwin actually, bowling over here last year and in the tours that he has been here, how effective he has been. In my eyes he is one of the offies going around. I can definitely learn from watching how he goes about it here in England,” Lyon was quoted by Mumbai Mirror as saying in an interview.

Lyon has 65 wickets against England in Tests

Lyon has played 18 Tests against England so far in which he has taken 65 wickets at an average of 29.64. However, his favourite opponents remain India against whom he has claimed 85 scalps in as many Tests at an average of 32.60. Lyon is the fourth-highest wicket-taker Australian in Tests. He is 12 short of breaking the legendary Dennis Lillee’s 355 and is expected to overtake him by the end of this Ashes.