SOK backs Lyon to shine against SA

Australia spinner Steve O’Keefe will not be part of the third Test against South Africa due to injury, but feels Nathan Lyon is perfectly capable.

Lyon was one of only six players to keep their place after losing in Hobart, with O’Keefe picking up a calf injury this week, ruling him out of contention.

The selectors dropped five players and called up four uncapped names, and Lyon could have been one of the dropped if not for O’Keefe’s bad luck.

But the spinner feels the veteran tweaker is the right man for the job in the day-night Test, as the Aussies look to avoid a series whitewash.

O’Keefe said on the CA website: “I still think the ball is coming out of his (Lyon’s) hand really, really nicely.

“I know other people may think otherwise, but he’s still bowling beautifully.

“He’s down a bit of luck but he’s bowled at Perth and Hobart, which I don’t think really offered him too much.

“Hopefully he can keep punching out the same stuff with a bit more luck and get a little bit more confidence heading into Adelaide.”

The Test starts on 24 November, and will be the Proteas first pink ball Test, and The Aussies’ second.