Off-spinner says he has been working on his game.
Australian spinner Nathan Lyon says he is confident of playing an important role in the national team’s attack as they prepare to host England in the upcoming Ashes series.
Lyon had mixed success when the Aussies took on the Three Lions in their recent losing series taking eight wickets after being overlooked for the first Test, in what was a shock move at the time to hand debutante Ashton Agar his first cap.
Since returning to Australia the off-spinner has been working on his craft with spin coach John Davidson in the hope of being the number one slow-bowler picked in six weeks time.
“You have to be confident in this game,” Lyon said.
“I’m confident in my own skill set to get the job done, there’s no doubt about that. I’m really happy with the way I’ve been bowling.”
The 25-year-old has also moved to Sydney since the last Ashes series ended, a decision he says is based around playing alongside senior national players in the Blues side in the hope his own game will improve.
“I guess being around the likes of Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Shane Watson, and there’s a lot of others you could name, is just going to help me learn about cricket and that’s what I want to do,” he said.
“I want to keep learning and keep getting better. I just want to keep enjoying life’s experiences and being around these guys and training with them is going to hopefully help my cricket career.”
Lyon has had limited success in his two games for the Blues in the Ryobi Cup this season, securing figures of 2-23 against Tasmania and 0-46 against Victoria.