On Thursday, Australian skipper, Steve Smith expressed his concerns about the consistency of Nathan Lyon’s bowling but still conceded that the final call will be taken by the selectors.
Lyon is the most successful off-spinner with a tally of 220 wickets under his belt, but in this season he has taken only nine wickets with a demoralizing average of 66 runs. In the second test against Pakistan, the lower order batsmen took a dig on him as he conceded 115 off 23 overs.
Talking about Lyon's bowling, Smith said, “He obviously hasn’t bowled at his best in this game. It’s always difficult bowling to right-handers. They’ve only got two (left-handers) in their line-up. We’re just looking for Nathan to be a little more consistent in the way he bowls.”
The traditional SCG pitch supports spinners and speaking of that, Smith indicated, “I think it’s possible that we could see another spinner in Sydney. It’s been spinning quite a lot there in Shield cricket this season so there’s a good chance there’d be a spinner added."
Smith concluded by talking about the pacers, “(The fast bowlers) have done some bowling and it’s obviously been a pretty big summer for them as well. Six Tests matches is always a lot.”