Australia spinner Nathan Lyon has been studying slow bowlers from other teams who have played in India, and says he is preparing to do his Baggy Green proud when the Aussies visit the sub-continent at the end of February.

Australia are going to India for a four-Test series, and Lyon has become the first choice tweaker in the side. He says he has been looking at players like England's Graeme Swann to see what kinds of deliveries he bowled and what field placements he used.

Lyon said: "It's going to be the biggest challenge of my Test career so far. But I'm looking forward to it. Taking on the world's best batsmen of spin on their conditions is a big challenge but it excites me.

"I kept a close eye on the England-India Test series and I watched how Monty Panesar and Graham Swann bowled and they did it particularly well. It was a good heads-up, I was really interested in the field placements they had for certain batsmen but the line and pace they bowled was the big thing I took out of it."

The South Australian added: "I'm confident of my skill set and I'm confident I'll do the job for Australia.I have to keep working hard in Adelaide and we have a shield game coming up against Victoria so I'm looking forward to the chance to get the opportunity to work hard and I'm hoping I'll be rewarded for that effort in India.

"I feel like I'm learning every time I go out there. It's a great honour to play for Australia and I have been working hard on and off the field. We all have little routines that we have to prepare for when we play for Australia.

"I'm pretty laid back and don't like to stress out too much and I read my notes on the batsmen and I like to try and enjoy every moment. I've set myself a series of goals but, yeah, I'm stoked and definitely over the moon and consider it a great honour."