Monday, 4 March 2013

Mickey Arthur defends 'technically flawed' Lyon's Hyderabad Test axe

Coach Mickey Arthur has defended their decision to axe Nathan Lyon from the Australian playing eleven for the second Test against India in the Hyderabad Test, saying the sidelined off-spinner has technical issues to work on.

The team's selection trio, John Inverarity, Arthur and captain Michael Clarke, preferred the spin pair of Xavier Doherty and debutant all-rounder Glenn Maxwell to Lyon following an eight-wicket defeat and the second Test here has already gone pear-shaped, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Arthur claimed Lyon's confidence had been affected by the harsh treatment he copped while taking 3-215 in India's first innings in Chennai.

Arthur said dropping Lyon doesn't mean they don't back him any more, adding they just think it was the right time after Chennai just to give him a little bit of a break.

Arthur added Lyon had a couple of technical things that they wanted to work on a little bit away from the game but still being on tour which they have done and they are confident the off spinner will bounce back and come back really strong.

The former South Africa coach said they have put a plan in place, adding he doesn't want to go into what they are working on, and there are one or two technical things plus they want him to get a little bit of confidence back.

The Doherty and Maxwell experiment did not come off on day two of the second Test. The Tasmanian left-armer created several chances in finishing with figures of 0-85 from 26 overs but Maxwell was easy pickings for century-makers Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay as India coasted to 1-311, a lead of 74 at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium.

Despite the mauling MS Dhoni gave him in Chennai, Lyon still boasts an impressive record of 65 wickets in 20 Tests at an average of under 34. (ANI)

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