Nathan Lyon had earlier worked with Muttiah Muralitharan in the year 2014 © Getty Images
Nathan Lyon had earlier worked with Muttiah Muralitharan in the year 2014 © Getty Images

Australia‘s leading spinner in Tests, Nathan Lyon, is all set to reach Sri Lanka to get training from spin great Muttiah Muralitharan. Lyon is currently working to improve his skills with mentor John Davison along with Steven O’Keefe, who is expected to be a part of Australia’s squad for the upcoming Test series in Sri Lanka. Lyon first worked with Muralitharan in the year 2014 when the latter was appointed as Australia’s bowling coach and benefited by the experience, Lyon is eager to go to Sri Lanka and learn a lot more from the legendary finger-spinner. READ: Nathan Lyon becomes most successful off-spinner for Australia in Test cricket

Talking to cricket.com.au, “So I’m looking forward to putting those into play and hopefully it will be good to catch up with Murali again over there. I’ll see if I can tee up to have a coffee at the hotel or even if we can get him down to a training session would be fantastic.”

Talking about the special tips that Muralitharan shared with him, Lyon said, “It’s not so much technical, I’ve got a little bit different action to Murali. It’s more mindset, and attacking and defending in sub-continental conditions.Just understanding the game, and somebody of his quality and what he was able to do in sub-continent conditions was pretty spectacular so if I can learn off him by just listening to him and talking to him then I’m heading in the right direction.”

“Going technical, I’m more consistent with my bowling. I’m a lot more confident in my skill – back when I made my debut I was quite raw, didn’t really know what was going on, I was just riding the rollercoaster. Now I understand the game, I understand my role in the team, so I’m feeling really confident and looking forward to going over there. I was happy just to play one (Test) and I know my dad said that – ‘lucky you get one game’. But it’s been a good journey so far and it would be pretty special to hopefully take the 200th Test wicket over there where I got the first one. There’s a couple of massive challenges for us. We haven’t been at our best over there and we need to improve in sub-continent conditions. We’re the number one Test team at the moment but we need to go to another level to extend our lead and by doing that, we win away from home,” Lyon added.

Talking about a new addition to his skills like his mystery ball named ‘Jeff’, Lyon said, “Of course, there’s always a new one. This one spins a little bit further the other way. I’ll name it soon.”