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Lyon tapping on Swann’s tactics to prepare for testing times in India

Sydney: Australian spin bowler Nathan Lyon has said he studied Graham Swann’s effort in England’s Test series win over India on the subcontinent to prepare for the toughest challenge of his career.

Lyon’s only experience of conditions in India was restricted to a few games of Twenty20 for South Australia in the Champions League.

However, he said watching how Swann and Monty Panesar bowled for England provided him with some tremendous insights.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Lyon said that it was going to be the biggest challenge of his Test career so far, but he is looking forward to it.

He added that taking on the world’s best batsmen of spin on their conditions is a big challenge, but it excites him.

He said that he kept a close eye on the England-India Test series and watched how Monty Panesar and Graham Swann bowled and they did it particularly well.

Lyon, who has taken 61 wickets in his 19 matches, said he was welcoming the opportunity to work on his game and prepare for India by playing for South Australia in the Sheffield Shield, the report said.

He said that he was confident of his skill set and will do the job for Australia.

Lyon, who made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2011, said he was happy with the way he had progressed as Australia’s first-choice spinner, the report added.