Australia will compete hard with India, says Nathan Lyon

Pune: Australia tweaker Nathan Lyon on Tuesday said the visitors have a strong squad and are confident of a good fight. Lyon said rubbishing veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh’s claims of a 4-0 whitewash in favour. Four test match series between India and Australia going to start from Thursday. Pune set to host its maiden test.

Harbhajan had earlier termed the current Aussie outfit as one of the weakest to visit India and predicted the clean sweep.

“Everyone has his opinion. Good luck to him. We are not worried about what everyone believes and thinks about this team”.

“We have got a really strong squad with unbelievable talent in the room out there”.

“Team have got good leaders with David Warner as vice-captain and Steve Smith as captain. There are some very young talents,” Lyon said here.

“We are confident in our change room. We’ll come out and compete hard with India. We know it’s going to be hard work, we know it’s going to be a challenge. India is the No 1 side for a reason. We’re playing in their backyard. We don’t expect our big fast bowlers to come out and get them five down (on the first day). It’s a big challenge for us. We are looking forward to it,” he added.

Hailing his Indian counterpart Ravichandran Ashwin as a “world-class” spinner, Lyon revealed that he had worked on a few things in his bowling after watching footages of the Chennai tweaker.

“I have watched a lot of Ashwin. He is a world class bowler and I can learn a lot from him. I’m not going to tell you what I have been working on. I definitely changed my approach to the subcontinent conditions as compared to four years ago,” said Lyon, who has 228 wickets from 63 Tests.