Lyon enjoying ‘exciting vibe’ in Test side


Australia spinner Nathan Lyon is one of the elder statesmen in the Test side, and says he's enjoying the freshness that youth has brought to the team, especially under the leadership of Steve Smith.

Lyon says the 'vibe' within the squad is a different but positive one under Smith, who took over from Michael Clarke when he retired after the Ashes in England last year.

Lyon sid he liked how older players like himself and Adam Voges were helping to guide new players into the team, and how well they had gelled despite the age and experience gaps.

Lyon told the Cricket Australia website: "I think it is a different vibe, but I think it’s an exciting vibe too. 

"Obviously losing as lot of old heads you lose a lot of experience and a lot of mongrel I guess, out in the field with the ruthlessness they provide. 

"But this group is quite young and exciting, there’s no limits to where we want to take the game really. 

"If you look at the team, there’s a lot of young guys around similar ages, some who are at the same point of their careers and some who are older guys who are probably looking at the back end of their careers. 

"But even those guys have been great leaders for our younger batsmen. You look at Adam Voges who’s been an exceptional player for WA over umpteen years but now he’s cashing in on an unbelievable Test career. 

"You look at the way he’s been able to help the likes of Joe Burns and Peter Nevill with their batting, it’s been really exceptional to look at that side of the guys with their different leadership roles. 

"So there’s no reason why we can’t build something pretty special with this team that we’ve got. 

"The batters are hitting the ball harder and stronger, and as bowlers we’re planning to get better each and every day we go out to training. 

"As a bowling group I know we want to keep getting better and better, so the sky’s the limit for us."

If Australia win the current Test series against New Zealand, they will finish the ICC ranking year as the number one Test side, and will claim the mace on 1 April.