AUS vs IND: Nathan Lyon said he expects India to try to include him in the second test.© AFP
Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon expects India to “come out of the fight” after posting their lowest ever score in the opening test, and predicts that the visiting batsmen will attack his Melbourne bowling. Lyon said India’s paltry 36 runs scored in the second innings in Adelaide last Saturday did not reflect the quality of the touring squad, recalling that he was part of an Australian team that played 47 in South Africa in 2011. Australia bounced back from that humiliation to win their next Test against Proteas and Lyon said India would look for a similar reaction in the second Test starting at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day.
“I don’t think it will be that difficult when you consider the quality of the Indian side, they definitely have world class players throughout the squad,” he said.
“It was one of those days when nothing went well for them and everything went well for us – we’ve had them all, it’s part of the game.
“But no doubt they are training the house now. We expect them to pull out all the stops and not have any scars from the previous day. ‘
Lyon was confident that India would remain competitive without skipper Virat Kohli, who returned home after the opening test for the birth of his first child.
“I think there are enough men in the Indian squad who can fill Virat’s shoes,” he said.
The veteran spinner, who has taken 391 Test wickets, said India would likely be slowly targeting bowling in Melbourne.
“It thinks it will be one of the tactics to come after me, and that’s fine, I’m quite used to it,” he said.
“For me it’s all fun and part of playing Test cricket. As a spin bowler you will always have guys trying to attack you, it’s all a great challenge to be honest.”
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