Oz spinner Lyon ready to roar against South Africa

Last Updated: Nov 05, 2011, 11:12 AM IST

Cape Town (South Africa): Australian off spinner Nathan Lyon has said that he is looking forward to performing in the first Test at Cape Town against South Africa, and adds that he would like to keep things uncomplicated.

With South African batsman Jacques Kallis in ominous form and A.B. De Villiers expected to return from a hand injury, Lyon has his task cut out for him, as he is seen as Australia’s latest spinning hope since Warne`s retirement in 2007.

Lyon declared he won`t be lacking courage to use his method of giving the ball flight and going after wickets, despite what`s happened in the past. Australia has shown faith in his ability and they need him to do a job in the two-Test series.

"I`m going to back my skill set. I wouldn`t say it`s daunting, I would say its challenging and I`m always up for a challenge. That`s why we play the game,” a leading daily quoted him, as saying.

He added: "I`m not going to change the way I bowl. I`m sticking to my strengths and I`m confident in my own skill set to do the job, so we`ll see how we go. It`s definitely going to be a good challenge for every one of us, but especially with me being a spin bowler. They`re obviously one of the world`s best Test cricket nations. It`s going to be tough, good old Test-match cricket."

Lyon’s immediate success on debut in Sri Lanka (5-34 in the first innings at Galle) will only intensify the pressure on him to answer prayers and fill the void left by champion leggie Warne.

However, being overwhelmed by what`s gone before him is not Lyon`s style. Unlike most tweakers, Lyon doesn`t watch much video, doesn`t have a spinning mentor he relies on for support and, despite his former job, doesn`t spend time studying wickets.

Lyon prefers to be his own man, and play it as he sees it.

ANI