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Bouncy Gabba Pitch Could Be The Right Place For My Secret Delivery: Nathan Lyon

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By IANS News
January 13, 2021 • 16:15 PM View: 175

Nathan Lyon, who will play his 100th Test match at The Gabba from Friday, says he will get more assistance from the Gabba wicket as it has more bounce than Sydney or Melbourne and could help him bring out his secret delivery on the fifth day of the Test match against India.

The off-spinner also said that the slow Sydney wicket did not allow him to bring the secret delivery during the drawn third Test.

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"This summer has been challenging with obviously playing against India again. They have come up with plans to combat me. But to be honest I am quite happy with the way I have been bowling. I have been able to create some chances which has been really positive...but some days the wheel doesn't turn around and you don't have much luck in the middle," said Lyon while speaking to the media in a virtual interaction on Wednesday.

"I am very happy the way they are coming out of hand and I am confident and excited to get here at Gabba where there will be a bit more bounce than what was at the MCG and SCG, definitely SCG anyway. I am excited that if I keep doing my job then luck will keep changing here and there. I just got to stay patient...Who knows I could bring (secret delivery) on Day 5 if we happen to be bowling. It is still coming...keep watching."

About the Sydney wicket, he said, "It would have been nice to have a big footmark...but I was still able to get spin here and there out of it. The wicket was a bit slow and we couldn't capitalise on our chances."

The 33-year-old added that he is far from done and is hungry for more matches. He wants to continue playing for well beyond 100 Test matches.

"When I finish my career, I will be able to sit down with a smile on my face - sort of gave my all. This is my 100th. But I am far from being done in my eyes. I am more hungry than ever. I want to go and play as much cricket for Australia and win more matches," he said.

"(But) not look too far ahead and try and take each and every day with a smile on your face. Mike Hussey gave me that piece of advice before I bowled my first ball. He said, come up and play with a smile on your face, you will hopefully relax a bit. Punter (Ricky Ponting) said in the first game 'just back your skill'.

"There have been some highs and lows. You look at the Adelaide Test in 2014, that was one of the biggest highs in my career and then you look at Edgbaston, amazing high, you come to Leeds, you come down the ladder, so that is something amazing about Test cricket. It is an amazing to ride. There have been lots of ups and downs in my career," Lyon added.


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