Veteran off-spinner Nathan Lyon is confident that the Australian cricket team will bury all the past demons to start a fresh and memorable chapter this summer.
Australian cricket is going through a torrid time on and off the field in 2018. Besides losing key players namely Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft in the ball-tampering scandal in March, the Aussies haven’t won a series across all formats thereafter.
With the world No. 1 Test side, India, set to tour Down Under next month, Australian players certainly have their work cut out to not let the visitors win their maiden Test series on Aussie soil.
“The summer will be a hell of a lot different to what everyone is thinking. As soon as we get back to playing a good brand of cricket ... the results will come,” Lyon told Fox Sports.
“There’s some exciting young batsmen ... we’ve got enough world-class cricketers in Australia to get the job done. To make this summer one hell of a summer. A summer to remember. I’m very confident going into this summer,” he added.
Lyon was left out from Australia’s ODI squad for the ongoing home series against South Africa earlier this month and was asked to focus on Test cricket. He has also been snubbed from the Twenty20 squad that will face South Africa and India this month.
“Of course I want to play every game for Australia ... but I can understand the mindset of selectors and JL (coach Justin Langer),” Lyon said.
In a bid to prepare for the India Test series, Lyon along with Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins will play together for NSW in the Sheffield Shield this month.
“It’s really good prep for a massive Test series. I know the quicks are looking forward to getting back and having one or two Shield games before the first Test. There’s a lot of one-day cricket before the World Cup so you’ll get an opportunity to perform in those games if you get picked,” Nathan Lyon concluded.