'Excited' Lyon ready for heavy-calibre return fire on Proteas' batting onslaught
Australian off spinner Nathan Lyon has said that he would not be discouraged by South Africa's top batsmen attacking him, and instead has welcomed the prospect of some heavy treatment at the Gabba.
With the likes of Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, A.B. de Villiers and Jacques Kallis gearing up to hit their best in the first Test in Brisbane on November 9, Lyon is determined that he will not be bullied.
"They're going to come hard at me, there is no doubt about that. They're a classy batting line-up. They might come at me, seeing as we've got a great pace attack. I don't mind them if they come at me, it's all part of the game and all part of the fun," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Lyon, as saying.
Lyon said that he was rather excited about facing the Proteas' batsmen, and is hopeful for an Aussie win in the series.
"They're going to come hard at me, there is no doubt about that,'' he said. ''But in saying that I'm pretty excited about that. That means I'm in the game as well. Hopefully I'll be able to create a few chances and contribute to a Test match victory for Australia," he said.
Lyon's maiden international summer was marked by repeated reference to his former occupation behind the wheel of a lawnmower, but having established himself with 42 wickets in 13 Tests, at an admirable average of 27.83, he hopes the narrative might have well and truly progressed past that trivial biographical detail.
"That's the story, and that's how it all happened, so I'm not going to knock that back. But come Friday it's just going to be all about my cricket and hopefully not about my greenkeeping," Lyon said.