Lyon refuses to criticise Swann

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Australia spinner Nathan Lyon has refused to criticise England counterpart Graeme Swann after his lacklustre performance in the first Ashes Test, saying that Swann was one of his role models.

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon has refused to criticise England counterpart Graeme Swann after his lacklustre performance in the first Ashes Test, saying that Swann was one of his role models.

Lyon took four key wickets in the Aussies' 318-run victory at the 'Gabba, while Swann went wicketless in the first innings and took two in the second, but went for over 200 runs in the match thanks to David Warner in particular.

But Lyon said: "Graeme Swann is a very talented bowler and he's someone who I've watched. I was lucky enough to get a little bit more bounce you could probably say, so yeah, I'm not saying anything else."

Instead, Lyon chose to focus on the venue for the second Test, the Adelaide Oval, saying that deck would likely not have as much lift as the 'Gabba, but could be more conducive to reverse swing for the pacemen.

The former ground curator said: "It's going to be a new challenge, but as a bowling group we thrive off challenges.

"It probably won't be as bouncy as what the Gabba was but hopefully the reverse swing will come back into it and then Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, James Faulkner and Peter Siddle will hopefully be able to get that reverse swing happening.

"Fingers crossed there is a little bit of speed in there for me.

"We've got pretty attacking batsmen with the likes of David Warner, Michael Clarke who are able to get going there and have a really good partnership."

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