The words “Nice Gary” en-capsule Australian cricket culture at its finest. Enter Nathan Lyon, the most revered spin bowler to wear the baggy green since cultural icon Shane Warne.
Lyon has been selected for the squad that will tour South Africa in 2018, which will commence at Kingsmead on the 1st of March. Despite the conditions highly favoring pace bowlers, Lyon has dismissed anyone who thinks his performance will be less than average. Claiming that he will in fact be a major role player in the test series.
“I think there’s a good opportunity (for me),” Lyon said.
“I believe the Australian bowling attack is probably the best bowling attack in the world and it’s going to come up against a bowling group that’s going to rival that.
“It’s going to be one hell of a series with the two bowling attacks going at each other.”
Lyon has just come off a successful ashes series in 2017 that saw Australia completely whitewash the old foe England 4 – 0, with Lyon’s performance outstanding taking a total of 22 wickets at an average economy rate of 2.42.
He is looking to continue this form, and trouble those at the crease. Lyon hasn’t played in South Africa since the tour of 2014, which he bowled significantly less than he has elsewhere. He maintains that “the side’s batsmen will need to get it done” and will subsequently be the difference of the series.
Recently India traveled to South Africa, to only be met by a five-man pace attack that seemingly decimated them, with eventually by the final test, neither squads’ bowling lineup featured any spinner whatsoever.
It is expected that Mitchell Starc who also played a key role in their Ashes win will thrive in these pace favored conditions.
If it’s anything like the clash against India however, it can only lead to some of the most tantalising bowling attacks in the modern era of Cricket. It is definitely a must watch test series. Forget Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez, this will really be a back and forth battle.
But inevitably it is Nathan Lyon who is confident he will remain on the bowling lineup for the entirety of the series and consequentially ready to show the critics that pace wont be everything as he looks to trouble the Proteas.