'Lyon more advanced than Swann'

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Australia spinner Nathan Lyon is comparatively a better bowler than England's Graeme Swann, saying Cricket Australia spin coach John Davison, comparing the players' careers at the age of 25.

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon is comparatively a better bowler than England's Graeme Swann, saying Cricket Australia spin coach John Davison, comparing the players' careers at the age of 25.

Davison, who has known Lyon since the spinner was 15, and coaches him at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane, feels Lyon's Test record of 25 games and 85 wickets at the age of 25 is superior to 34-year-old Swann, who made his Test debut at 29.

Davison said of Lyon on WA Today: "He's still developing, big time. He's only 25 and could play for another 15 years at the top level. He's still getting to really know his game.

"Nathan has probably played as many Tests as he has first-class games. It's exciting to think he's in his mid-20s and has that many Tests under his belt.

"If you compared him to Graeme Swann at the same age, Swann was probably floundering in English county cricket.

"I think there's a lot of up-side with Nathan, he's developing some new balls, he has great goals, he's very committed to the craft and he loves it. I think he has a big chance to become a world-class spinner."

At the same age, Swann was indeed playing county cricket, but in the five and a bit years since his Test debut, he has taken 248 wickets in 57 Tests, at an average of 28.55, while Lyon averages 33.23.

For his part, the former ground curator was just as enthused when discussing his mentor, saying Davison had a big impact on both his technical game and his mind-set, as they'd known each other for a decade.

Lyon said of the former Canada player: "He's one coach I've worked with since I was 15. He knows my technique inside and out and I'm still learning off him. I relate to him very well
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"We have open and honest conversations, he knows when I'm bowling well and when I'm not. There is a lot of trust there.

"My goal is to keep improving and improvement means I keep taking wickets, to keep winning games, to keep competing and to keep asking questions of the batsmen.

"I'm always thinking about my bowling, even if I'm out to dinner with my family or down the beach I'm always thinking about how I'm going to bowl at the batsmen from around the world."

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