Nathan Lyon © Getty Images
Nathan Lyon © Getty Images

Justin Langer who has replaced Darren Lehmann as Australia’s head coach for their Qantas Tour of the West Indies has suggested Nathan Lyon that he will excel in limited-overs cricket only if will not try too hard. The former Australian cricketer praises Lyon for his dominance in Tests and said that Lyon should rather extract confidence from Test cricket and not experiment a lot in the shorter format. Langer gave an example of Michael Slater who was an excellent Test batsman but could not replicate the same class in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Lyon was the man of the match in Australia’s first game of the Tri Nations which they played against the hosts West Indies. Full Cricket Scorecard: Australia vs West Indies, Tri-Nation Series 2016, Match 3 at Guyana

Lyon who has regularly made his desire of playing all formats clear has always been ignored by Cricket Australia in limited-overs cricket. However, he did not waste time in grabbing the opportunity when he was included in the squad. He made his presence felt in the very first match when he along with their leg spinner Adam Zampa picked 6 wickets between each other.

According to cricket.com.au, Langer went on to say, “He [Slater] was such a dominant Test batsman but when he got the opportunity to play one-day cricket sometimes he was trying so hard, it wasn’t as easy as Test cricket. It’s the same as Nathan Lyon. He’s such a good bowler, he’s got great basics and he should take confidence from Test cricket. As long as he doesn’t try too hard and try to do anything too different, he will excel.” READ: Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell: Australia’s spin woes finally have answers

When Australia play their next series, there is high possibility of one of the spinners being dropped. Langer was asked if it is going to be Lyon who will be dropped or Zampa, he said, “It’ll be really hard. Tough selections are good. It’s really hard on the people that miss out. But it’s something we pride ourselves on in Australian cricket, having red-hot competition, and we’ve got that at the moment.”