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Lyon welcomes competition

February 02, 2013 09:58:02 UK

Nathan Lyon insists he is unfazed by the prospect of having to fend off a challenge from Xavier Doherty for his place in Australia's Test side on the tour of India.

As the incumbent spinner in the side, Lyon still has the confidence of selectors and his team-mates. But Doherty's return to the squad means he will not have a clear run on the sub-continent. National selector John Inverarity told the media last week that the slow bowler role was up for grabs in India. Lyon said he was not daunted by having Doherty on tour to challenge him. 

Whoever the selectors pick will do the right job.

Nathan Lyon

''We took two spinners to the West Indies and it was the same story,'' Lyon said.

That was when another slow left-armer, Michael Beer, joined him in the side in Trinidad last year, and Lyon responded by taking his second five-wicket haul.

Lyon said: ''Xavier's bowling fantastic, I've been really impressed the way he's going about it in the shorter forms. 

"I'm sure we can bowl in a really good partnership. Whoever the selectors pick will do the right job.''

Lyon will be one of several players sent to India on Thursday, ahead of the main party, to get extra time to adjust to the conditions. His experience in India is limited to seven overs from four Twenty20 matches during the 2011 Champions League. Doherty will be required for the rest of the one-day international and Twenty20 games against the West Indies, which finish on 13th February - nine days before the first Test.

Lyon has 61 wickets at an average of 32.16 from his 19 Tests, with a best return of 5/34. Doherty has only played two Tests for Australia, claiming three wickets.

Australia are 1.30 to win the second ODI against the West Indies, who are 3.50. Michael Clarke is 4.00 to be Australia's top run-scorer.

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