Nathan Lyon has 11 wickets from the opening two Tests    Getty Images
Nathan Lyon has 11 wickets from the opening two Tests Getty Images

Australia‘s off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been one of England‘s chief tormentors, so far, in Ashes 2017-18. He has developed a knack of picking vital breakthroughs. As a result, the dangerous Lyon has accounted for 11 wickets in the series, and remains a serious threat. Ahead of the third Test at pace-friendly Perth, his mentor John Davison backed his selection at Perth, a venue renowned to help pace bowlers. In addition, he labelled Lyon as the ‘best spinner in the world’. The off-spinner has claimed 57 wickets in the calendar year on the back of successful subcontinental tours (India and Bangladesh).

Better than R. Ashwin, Herath and Jadeja?

“He is the best spin bowler in the world… he’s got three subcontinent spinners above him in the world rankings but they’re playing over 50 per cent of their matches in spin-friendly conditions”, stated Davison.

Performances leads to confidence

“The majority of his career he’s been battling for a steady position in the team, in general they’ve been looking for who is coming through rather than possibly backing him to the hilt.Over the last 12 months he has grown in confidence on and off the ground, I’m sure you see it in the media that he’s a lot more confident within himself. As a 30-year-old spinner who’s in good shape, hopefully he can carry on a lot longer.”

‘Good control of his stock ball’

“We’ve spoken a lot about developing a ball that hits the stumps, particularly to left-handers. He bowled a lot more of it in the Adelaide Test. He can just keep getting better and better, particularly now that he’s got such good control of his stock ball which is so effective”, added Davison.

Why should he play in Perth, Davy?

“I think Nathan’s greatest attribute is the bounce that he gets and there’s always a nice breeze to bowl into at the WACA (Perth) so he gets good shape in the air. So, I’d think he’d be one of the first picked”, concluded 47-year-old.