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Lyon keen to get Sachin's wicket in Adelaide Test

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2012, 16:01 [IST]
 
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Tendulkar on Nathan Lyon's radar

Adelaide, Jan 21: Eager to make an impression on home turf and cement his place as Australia's front-line spinner, offie Nathan Lyon today said he would look to get the prized scalp of the iconic Sachin Tendulkar in the fourth and final cricket Test starting here on Tuesday.

"It's a great chance as a young spinner to play against the best players of spin bowling. Their (use of) hands are unbelievable and they are really confident against spin. It's a dream to bowl to Tendulkar and it's a great opportunity. I look to get him out," said Lyon.

Lyon belongs to Canberra but he shifted to Adelaide in due course and has been one of the ground-staff members working at the Adelaide Oval till 14 months ago.

Unlike two previous Tests, he is determined to leave a mark in Adelaide and has taken the help of two veterans he admires the most, spin wizard Shane Warne and batting great Ricky Ponting.

"I had a brief chat with him (Warne). He's a fantastic legend of sport and the best spin bowler ever of the world. His word of advice was to enjoy every moment of it."

"Then I have been bowling to Ricky Ponting in the nets. He is one of the best players to bowl to for a spinner."

Lyon had pretty ordinary first couple of Tests in the series in which he picked up a mere two wickets for 180 runs. He puts it down to lack of long spells since fast bowlers were getting the job done for the Australian team.

"I couldn't do much bowling (in the first two Tests) but I'm confident of my skills. I haven't changed a thing. The quick bowlers have been fantastic and they are getting the job done."

PTI

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