Michael Hussey hails Nathan Lyon’s longevity in international cricket | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Welcome to Nathan Lyonsof longevity in international cricket, former Australia drummer Michael Hussey believes the off-spinner should continue as long as he remains fit to compete at the elite level.
After taking just one wicket in the first Test against India in ongoing Nagpur Border-Gavaskar Trophy series, Lyon picked up 18 scalps in the next two Tests, including a 10 for Australia’s win in Indore.


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Asked how long can Lyon continue, Hussey said: “As long as he really wants to. He’s been amazing with his longevity and he’s still quite young really. He’s got years and years ahead of him, as long as his body holds up.”
There is a saying that spinners mature after 30 years and Lyon with 479 wickets from 118 Tests is a shining example of this adage.

“They always say spinners peak in their 30s and maybe late 30s, it’s a tough art and I don’t see why it can’t go on for a long time,” Hussey told the Australian radio SEN.
Australia will face India in the fourth and final Test in Ahmedabad from March 9.
Hussey said he would like a slow orthodox left arm Matt Kuhnemann to partner with Lyon in case Australia decides to play with two specialist spinners instead of three. The third spinner is Offie Todd Murphy, who was equally impressive.

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“I was really impressed with (Todd) Murphy, he looks really good. That said, I like having the balance in attack where you have a guy spinning right-handed and a guy spinning in the distance…
“I would probably lean towards Kuhnemann, but only for this reason that he turns the ball in the opposite direction (toward the right-hander).”
(With PTI inputs)

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