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Lyon is the fourth most successful Australian bowler in Test history with 343 wickets in 86 matches. @ AFP

A lot depends on Australia‘s bowling attack if they have any hopes of retaining the urn against an England side oozing with confidence when the first Test of the Ashes 2019 gets underway at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday.

Nathan Lyon, the only spinner in the bowling attack which consists of six pacers, is confident Australia have an attack that can dispel any doubts on English soil.

“We are very lucky in the sense that we have got a bowling attack that can be suited to any condition. Personally, my role does not change depending on the situation of the game it is about going out there and making sure I am being a great leader, in a sense, for the younger players and that I am playing my role within the side and making sure we compete thoroughly against England,” Lyon was quoted as saying in the Mumbai Mirror on Thursday.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 champions England have never lost a Test match at Edgbaston since 2001, but Lyon does not choose to delve in history and only intends on passing on his knowledge.

“We have got a totally different team, a totally different bowling attack. So, I am quietly confident with where we are at, our preparations have been brilliant. I am really looking forward to the first Test match,” he said.

“My role does not really change much to be honest. It is about being a senior player on and off the field and passing on my knowledge definitely. This is my third Ashes series here. Hopefully I can pass on a little bit of knowledge. Coming to the Test batch, I know my role, I have known it for a while now. I have had a really good conversation with Tim Paine about which way he wants to lead his side. Pretty excited about the bowling attack Australia have got here in the Ashes.”


With pitches expected to be flatter than Australia, Lyon, the fourth most successful Australian bowler in Test history with 343 wickets in 86 matches, revealed he has been taking a cue from India offie Ravichandran Ashwin.

“Hopefully the ball does not go over the top of the stumps with the lbw decisions. It is going to be a massive weapon for me over here. But yeah, I am going to have to use some slightly different variations depending on what batters I am bowling to. Having said that, it is a great challenge and I am looking forward to it,” he explained.

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“I have watched a lot of footage of Ravi Ashwin actually, bowling over here last year and in the tours that he has been here, how effective he has been. In my eyes he is one of the best offies going around. I can definitely learn from watching how he goes about it here in England. So yeah there is an arm ball in my back pocket that I may have to bring out depending on who I am bowling to. It is coming along quite nicely.”