Nathan Lyon dismisses Mickey Arthur’s ‘down on confidence’ claim

Reacting to Mickey Arthur’s comments on him that he was down on self confidence and needed a technical tweak to his bowling after the Chennai Test, Nathan Lyon shot and asserted that his confidence is anything but dented.

Lyon admitted that he was very expensive in the first Test, giving away 244 runs for just four wickets as Australia lost the contest by eight wickets, but the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar only helped him gaining confidence. “To bowl Sachin Tendulkar through the gate you must be doing something right,” Lyon was quoted as saying by the Australian media as the visitors began a two-day break before resuming training for next week’s third Test.

“No, I reckon it [confidence] has gone up if anything, bowling the best batsman in the world through the gate. As an offspinner growing up that’s what you dream of. My confidence has gone up a level rather than down,” Lyon said. “I was quite happy with that. I went for a few runs here and there, but bowling against the best bats in the world in their conditions, they were obviously going to come hard at me playing one spinner in the side.” Read more
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