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Pressure is on India for Ranchi test – Lyon

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Nathan Lyon, the Australian off spinner, reckons the pressure is on India rather than Australia in the upcoming third Test at Ranchi, which starts on Thursday (March 16). # India vs Australia Having leveled the series in Bangalore, Kohli and Co. would be looking to take a lead in the four-match Test series, while a win for Australia will help them retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy #India vs Australia.
Meanwhile, Lyon played down the injury scare that has cast doubts over his participation in Ranchi. He had a split callus on his spinning finger during the later stages of the Bangalore Test, one that evidently hampered his performance as the game wore on.
The 29-year-old had picked up career-best figures of 8 for 50 in the first innings and went wicketless on a much more helpful surface on day three. His inability to scalp wickets allowed India to make a comeback in the second innings, eventually culminating in a 75-run victory for the hosts.#India vs australia
The split callus is an occupational hazard for a spinner who bowls lots of overs with a hard, new ball. Lyon has already bowled 80-odd overs in the two Tests, in addition to the preparation camp held in Dubai, where he bowled a lot.
“I’ve bowled a lot of balls over the summer and it usually happens once or twice a year,” Lyon said. “The last time I was here, the same thing happened in the third Test and I was able to play three days later. So I’m more than confident in turning out for the next Test, depending on selection I guess.# India vs australia
“It’s just one of those things. It just split. It was pretty painful there for a bit. And you can’t bowl on tape – there’s rules and laws out there that you can’t bowl on tape. So I wasn’t even considering that. There was a little sharp bit on the quarter seam and I just caught it, catching a couple of times. It just split. There’s no rocket science to it. I had a split finger. That’s it.
“Yeah it hurts a lot. I’m able to bowl cross-seam and stuff, so I can still try to spin it, but for variations and trying to get drift and drop and stuff – two go at the back of the ball – the way I bowl. It does impede it a little bit, but we’ve gone through that now and moved on from the second Test and now I’m just looking forward to Ranchi.”
The number of overs bowled by Lyon is testament to the management’s faith in his abilities – one that has yielded the visitors 13 wickets. Lyon’s tally is one more than Jadeja’s and only two less than Ashwin’s as Australia have competed on surprisingly even footing against their much-fancied hosts in the spin department.
“Yeah definitely there’s a lot of belief. There’s a lot of people who wrote us off, before we even got on a plane and landed in Dubai. Let alone coming over here,” Lyon said. “Everyone said that we were going to lose 4-0. It’s 1-1, we’re one win away from regaining the trophy and that’s what we are here to do.
“The pressure is right on India – there’s no pressure on us. Everyone said we were going to lose four-nil, ”they’re no good. They’re a young cricket team learning.’ But we believe we can beat the best teams anywhere in the world. We proved that in the first Test, we came close in the second Test and even that hurt – that’s probably the best thing about that game. That hurt from losing, but being able to get so close to them.
“So we know they’re a brilliant team in these conditions. So if we can keep competing hard against them, who knows. Keep batting well in partnerships, bowling well in partnerships, taking 20 wickets and we’ll see where we get to. I think they’re feeling the pressure a little bit to be honest. And it’s good.” # India vs australia
The surfaces in Pune and Bangalore have particularly helped Lyon. The offspinner has opted for a more attacking option by bowling most of overs from over the wicket than his usual defensive round-the-wicket tactic. It remains to be seen what the Ranchi wicket will have in store for the spinners.
“The last two pitches I’ve been able to get good bounce, sharp bounce and fast spin off the wicket as well,” he said. “If the wicket wasn’t doing that as much, then I’d look at the option of coming around the wicket. But it just really depends on the type of wicket. I know there’s three wickets at Ranchi, so we’ll just have to wait and see which one they play # India vs australia.
“I think the wickets are abrasive enough in India that we can hopefully get the ball reverse-swinging. We saw Josh Hazlewood take six wickets and Mitchell Starc did what he did in the second innings. With our air speed and ability to get the ball reversing, and the earlier we can do that the better off it is, but the wickets here are that abrasive that normally the ball can tend to go reverse quite early anyway.”# India vs australia

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