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Touring India tests you physically and mentally: Nathan Lyon

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Australia’s Nathan Lyon reacts after delivering a ball. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has been one of the most important aspects of the Australian cricket team in recent times. While Lyon’s form has been a subject of the question, the 29-year old will once again find himself reprising his role as the premier off-spinner for Australia in their tour of India. This will come at a time when the Aussies will have to

This will come at a time when the Aussies will have to pull every string they have to churn out results against a formidable Indian side in the subcontinent. Speaking ahead of their stop-over in Dubai, Lyon went on to state that playing in the subcontinent would require them to play ugly cricket.

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“Touring there tests you physically and mentally. It puts every area of your skill and resilience under the microscope. To stand up and play well in India is to announce yourself as a world class team and that is what we want to do. We may have to play ugly to score runs and take wickets. Captain Steve Smith talked about adapting to the conditions,” added the 29-year-old.

He added that the most important thing would be adjusting to the wickets there. “The most important thing I found when I toured there four years ago was adjusting to the type of wickets we’ll be playing on,” he wrote. “They’re going to be spin-friendly but India’s batsmen are probably the best players of spin in the world, so we’re going to have to be patient.

“Most of our new-look team have never played a Test in India. With all the recent changes only Steve Smith, David Warner, Matt Wade and myself are survivors from 2013. Seven of us remain from last year’s tour of Sri Lanka, which presented similar conditions,” he wrote. “But there is an energy and a belief in this young group which we saw during the second half of the summer. The way they play their natural game gives me the confidence we can climb cricket’s biggest mountain.”

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