Brad Haddin expects Nathan Lyon to be included for third Test

Brad Haddin in action during a training session ahead of the third Test Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Perth: Jan 9, 2012

Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin expects off-spinner Nathan Lyon to be retained for the third Test against India, which begins on January 13.

“Nathan Lyon is a very good cricketer but he s also a developing cricketer so its very important for us to keep developing him and giving him opportunities to keep getting better and better because he s going to be a long term spin option.”

“He (Michael Clarke) likes to have that option with a spinner,” Haddin was quoted by 2KY.

Earlier, Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke said he might field an all-pace attack in the third Test to bounce the visitors out of the series at the dreaded Perth track.

Australia have beaten India by 122 runs and an innings and 68 runs in the first two Tests to go 2-0 up in the four-match series.

Clarke was already looking forward to the third Test to be played at what is considered the world’s fastest pitch — the WACA ground in Perth.

“We need to assess conditions. Four fast bowlers for Perth are possible. I hope the wicket is similar to last summer with pace and bounce and some sideways movement. If that’s the case that’s an option (to go with four fast bowlers) there,” Clarke said at the post-match press conference.

“It’s not been a cakewalk. We have played hard fought Test cricket. It’s against a number two team with a lot of great players. We are really happy with the first two (Tests). There’s a long way to go. The series is still not won. We really want to win in Perth.”