MELBOURNE, December 23 (Reuters) – Australian spinner Nathan Lyon expects an Indian return in the second test in Melbourne this week after the tourists were contested for 36 points on the verge of losing the first test by eight wickets at Adelaide.
Lyon said India still has plenty of world-class quality by their side despite skipper Virat Kohli returning home for the birth of his first child and would present a big challenge for Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground from of Saturday.
“It was one of those days when nothing was going well for them, and everything was going well for us. We had them all, it’s part of the game of cricket,” Lyon told reporters on Wednesday.
“We expect them to come out shooting and have no scars from the other day. Cricket is a new day, a new game every time. I know we can’t expect to beat them again for 50 so we have to make sure we prepare well. “
Lyon were largely a spectator as pacemen Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc tore up the Indian batting order in less than an hour last Saturday.
The 33-year-old said it was a privilege to be part of what he considered to be the best bowling offense in the world, even if it meant he was being targeted by desperate batsmen for rhythm relief.
“India will try to attack me again,” he added.
“I think it’s one of their tactics to come after me, which is totally fine, I’m quite used to it. It’s up to me to know when to attack and when to defend too. It’s all fun. and is part of cricket, especially when you’re a little spinner. “
The spinner off said he was unable to give an update on the physical condition of opener David Warner, who failed the first test with a groin strain, beyond saying that his teammate from longtime would do “everything in his power” to be ready. .
A fit Warner would go straight to the side and force the selectors to leave out one of the players who helped Australia take a 1-0 lead in the four-game series.
“This is the profession we are in and if you ask me, it is a good sign for Australian cricket where the competition is really healthy for places,” said Lyon.