Lyon confident of Baggy green turnaround

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon has expressed confidence in his team’s ability to turn things around as they prepare to face South Africa in a three Test series.

The Australian ODI team have returned from South Africa where they suffered a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of the team they are soon to host in the longest format of the game.

Lyon believes Australia possess the quality and mental fortitude to turn things around against the Proteas.

The spinner told told Fairfax Media: “Yes, South Africa are a great team – they’ve got some world-class superstars in there – but we need to go out and play well.

“We just need to get out there and compete out there and get back to playing some good, strong, positive cricket.”

Casting his eye a little further ahead Lyon believes Australia will be in a better position to tackle India away because of their experiences in Sri Lanka, where the Baggy Greens suffered a 3-0 whitewash.

Lyon added: “We’ll be better for that run in Sri Lanka, for all the experience.

“A lot of players had never played in the subcontinent before so it’s [now] an opportunity for us to get better.

“We might have to adjust a few things here and there and might have to play some ugly cricket and go away from the big expansive game of cricket.”