Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon has said that he is ready to step up in the absence of injured pace spearhead Mitchell Starc © Getty Images
Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon has said that he is ready to step up in the absence of injured pace spearhead Mitchell Starc © Getty Images

Sydney: Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon has said that he is ready to step up in the absence of injured pace spearhead Mitchell Starc and recently retired Mitchell Johnson for the upcoming Test series against West Indies. Lyon said that he wasn’t worried about the bowling conundrum caused by the absence of two left-arm pacers and insisted that he was happy to work with whatever conditions he was presented with, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The 28-year-old, who has played 49 Tests, said that his responsibilities grow with each series and looking forward to assist the senior guys in the squad. Inexperienced James Pattinson and Nathan Coulter-Nile have been called up to fill the void as Australia will take on West Indies in the first of the three-match series in Hobart on Thursday. ALSO READ: ICC agrees to Nigel Llong mistake in Nathan Lyon DRS review during Australia vs New Zeealand day-night Test

Australian captain Steve Smith on Friday termed Nathan Lyon’s reprieve during the third cricket Test against New Zealand as a big error, an incident which proved to be crucial for the hosts’ triumph. On day two of the first-ever day-night Test, New Zealand thought they had Lyon out caught as he top-edged a sweep to Kane Williamson at the second slip, but standing umpire S. Ravi ruled that bat didn’t make contact with leather. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was certain they had got their man and immediately asked for a review and was shocked when third umpire Nigel Llong upheld the on-field decision despite evidence on Hot Spot showing a mark on Lyon’s bat.