'I enjoy bowling long spells'

Published: 24th March 2013 09:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th March 2013 09:57 AM   |  A+A-

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon bowled one of the best spells in his 21-Test career and was rewarded with five wickets. Taking five wickets made him feel happy and contented. “I was fortunate to get every wicket. You play against the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli and strive to get their wickets. I am happy with every one of them,” said the 25-year-old Aussie spinner.

Lyon said it was easily one of his best days in Tests. “I really enjoyed and felt quite confident. It was definitely up there as one of the days I would like to remember,” he said. Lyon had taken five wickets in his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2011.

On his performance, Lyon said he worked on his tactics with Shane Watson. “I spoke to Watson about getting into the contest and that is one big thing I have worked on personally and it worked well. I was lucky enough to get five wickets but I didn’t get the five wickets by myself I had some good bowlers at the other end, bowling in partnerships and that is one area we hadn’t done well in the last three Tests,” he said. Lyon, who bowled 22 overs, said he loved bowling long spells. “That is what I am paid to do. I love bowling long spells. It allows me to get my rhythm and I am more than happy to do it,” he said.

On the match, Lyon said chasing 100 runs would not be easy. “We will have to see how we bat on Sunday. 100 runs is going to be tough to chase. The wicket is going to be tough and we have quality bowlers in our line-up. We have to bat well or we have to get the two wickets in the morning. To put India under some pressure we have to get a lead of 150 or 200 runs.”


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