Lyon undaunted by split finger

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Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon is confident that a sore spinning finger will not impact his performance in the remaining Test matches in India.

Lyon ended the India second innings in Bangalore in visible discomfort as his spinning finger split open, something the tweaker has become accustomed to throughout his career.

There is a considerable amount of ‘wear and tear’ on the finger used to generate revolutions on the ball as the seam of the ball rubs against it.

ESPN Cricinfo quote Lyon as saying: “I’ve bowled a lot of balls over the summer and it usually happens once or twice a year.

“The last time I was here, the same thing happened in the third Test and I was able to play three days later. So I’m more than confident in turning out for the next Test, depending on selection I guess.

“It’s just one of those things. It just split. It was pretty painful there for a bit. And you can’t bowl on tape – there’s rules and laws out there that you can’t bowl on tape. So I wasn’t even considering that. There was a little sharp bit on the quarter seam and I just caught it, catching a couple of times. It just split. There’s no rocket science to it. I had a split finger. That’s it.

“Yeah it hurts a lot. I’m able to bowl cross-seam and stuff, so I can still try to spin it, but for variations and trying to get drift and drop and stuff – two go at the back of the ball – the way I bowl. It does impede it a little bit, but we’ve gone through that now and moved on from the second Test and now I’m just looking forward to Ranchi.”

Lyon remains confident that Australia can ramp up the pressure on India in the remaining two Tests with all the pressure on the hosts who have a billion people expecting results.

He went on: “Yeah definitely there’s a lot of belief. There’s a lot of people who wrote us off, before we even got on a plane and landed in Dubai. Let alone coming over here.

“Everyone said that we were going to lose 4-0. It’s 1-1, we’re one win away from regaining the trophy and that’s what we are here to do.

“The pressure is right on India – there’s no pressure on us. Everyone said we were going to lose 4-nil, they’re no good. They’re a young cricket team learning. But we believe we can beat the best teams anywhere in the world. We proved that in the first Test, we came close in the second Test and even that hurt – that’s probably the best thing about that game. That hurt from losing, but being able to get so close to them.

“So we know they’re a brilliant team in these conditions. So if we can keep competing hard against them, who knows. Keep batting well in partnerships, bowling well in partnerships, taking 20 wickets and we’ll see where we get to. I think they’re feeling the pressure a little bit to be honest. And it’s good.”

The third Test between India and Australia will get underway on March 16 in Ranchi, it will be the first time the venue hosts a Test match.