Sydney: The British media might think Nathan Lyon is not fit for England`s third-string line-up but the Australian spinner is displaying through his performance in warm-up games that he is ready for the Ashes series.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Lyon is a person who places importance on personal pride despite projecting a country-boy image, adding that he would have the sternest test of his career in England.
In Australia A`s practice match against Somerset in Taunton, Lyon took four wickets, including three in the second innings, with full control and shape in his deliveries but a lapse in consistency which new coach Darren Lehmann wants to address.
However, the media have argued that Grame Swann, along with Monty Panesar and James Tredwell had much more talent compared to the Aussie spinner, who has a task on his hand to improve his Test bowling average of 33, along with dealing with the presence of Fawad Ahmed and Ashton Agar.
South Australian player Dan Christian described Lyon as someone who was hard on himself, self-motivated and willing to put extra hours to hone skills.
In some advice for the player, commentator Damien Fleming said that Lyon should studyGraeme Swann to prepare well for the Ashes, adding that he was a traditional off-spinner who had achieved success even without a doosra.