Lyon revels on slow wicket in Guyana


Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon was thrilled to have spin bowling companion Adam Zampa in the line-up, and doing well on a turning wicket in Guyana.

It has not happened often in recent times that Australia pick two front-line spinners at once, and to have them both perform will be a massive boost ahead of a tour to Sri Lanka later in the year.

Lyon and his spin-twin Zampa took six wickets between them to leave the West Indies batting in tatters, while part-time tweaker Glen Maxwell managed 1/3 from two overs.

Zampa impressed Lyon who spoke of the newly formed partnership, at the post-match press conference in Guyana: "It was exciting to play the first game with 'Zamps' and hopefully there's a big future for both of us."

"If we can have that open communication with each other and try and help each other better the team and get the right result for Australia, we're heading in the right direction."

The offbreak bowler praised Zampa, who cleaned up the West Indies tail with minimum fuss: "That's what good spinners do, he played his role exceptionally."

"The way he goes about it, even at training, he's always trying to get better and it's exciting."

"For any young leg-spinner to come out and show his skills to the world on a big stage, on a turning pitch, it was great and pretty exciting."

Despite Australia's demolition of the West Indies, the 28-year-old still feels there is room for improvement: "As a bowling unit I think we pride ourselves on limiting extras, I think we let ourselves down (conceding 14), there was a bit of rust floating around."

While delighted with the start, Lyon underlined that there is still a lot of work to be done in this series: "But we also know there's a lot more work to do in this tri-series. It's only one game. We're excited and we're looking forward to the next challenge."

Australia will take on South Africa on June 7 with Lyon, Zampa and Maxwell likely to play a big part against a team that struggles against spin.