Graeme Swann praises Nathan Lyon ahead of 1st Ashes Test

Graeme Swann (above) said he respects Australian spinner Nathan Lyon and that the latter has done well for himself © Getty Images

Nottingham: Jul 9, 2013
Australian spinner Nathan Lyon, who heads into the first Ashes Test on Wednesday, has found an admirer in English team — Graeme Swann.
“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 Sydney Morning Herald.
“He’s obviously carrying that massive burden of being Australia’s spinner that everyone’s carried since Shane Warne retired.”
“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.”
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.
However, good for him the wicket has been predicted to be dry and weather is likely to be hot.
“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.
“Personally when I think back it has been nice sunny days when the ball has turned a bit.”
“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.”
Australia is yet to announce their team. Peter Siddle is likely to be partnered by James Pattinson and Starc, with Ed Cowan and David Warner being tipped off to fill in the opening slot along with Shane Watson.
On the other hand, England is yet to confirm one pacer, with Steven Finn likely to take place instead of Tim Bresnan.