<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Graeme Swann praises Nathan Lyon ahead of 1st Ashes Test" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130709112934.jpg" title="Graeme Swann praises Nathan Lyon ahead of 1st Ashes Test" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Graeme Swann (above) said he respects Australian spinner Nathan Lyon and that the latter has done well for himself © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Nottingham: Jul 9, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Australian spinner <a href="/tags/Nathan-Lyon/post" target="_blank">Nathan Lyon</a>, who heads into the first <a href="/tags/The-Ashes-2013/post" target="_blank">Ashes Test</a> on Wednesday, has found an admirer in English team — <a href="/tags/Graeme-Swann/post" target="_blank">Graeme Swann</a>.<br /> <br /> "I think Nathan's done well. Finger spinners, there's an unwritten union in world cricket, you always look out for them and hope they do well," Swann was quoted as saying by <em>Sydney Morning Herald</em>.<br /> <br /> "He's obviously carrying that massive burden of being Australia's spinner that everyone's carried since Shane Warne retired."<br /> <br /> "I feel for him in that respect. I'm glad that didn't exist in England because it's a tag no one could ever live up to."<br /> <br /> Swann’s Test record at Trent Bridge is poor if compared to other venues. Although Nottingham is his county, he has only three wickets from three matches at an average of 65.<br /> <br /> However, good for him the wicket has been predicted to be dry and weather is likely to be hot.<br /> <br /> "I know Trent Bridge like the back of my hand and it could be dry for four months and it wouldn't be a turning pitch. Having said that, most teams don't have left-armers so if [Mitchell] Starc can kick up a bit of dust that might make it a bit more enjoyable to bowl spin on here," Swann said.<br /> <br /> "Personally when I think back it has been nice sunny days when the ball has turned a bit."<br /> <br /> "I always hope to have a big role to play in a game. I'm not the sort of guy who drives home after winning and taking no wickets, particularly happy with life."<br /> <br /> Australia is yet to announce their team. <a href="/tags/Peter-Siddle/post" target="_blank">Peter Siddle</a> is likely to be partnered by <a href="/tags/James-Pattinson/post" target="_blank">James Pattinson</a> and Starc, with <a href="/tags/Ed-Cowan/post" target="_blank">Ed Cowan</a> and <a href="/tags/David-Warner/post" target="_blank">David Warner</a> being tipped off to fill in the opening slot along with Shane Watson.<br /> <br /> On the other hand, England is yet to confirm one pacer, with <a href="/tags/Steven-Finn/post" target="_blank">Steven Finn</a> likely to take place instead of <a href="/tags/Tim-Bresnan/post" target="_blank">Tim Bresnan</a>.