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Lyon not concerned by tour match figures

  • Lyon not concerned by tour match figures

    ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 16: Nathan Lyon of the Blues looks on during day two of the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and New South Wales at Traeger Park on March 16, 2016 in Alice Springs, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Nathan Lyon has shrugged aside concerns over his bowling heading into next Tuesday's first Test against Sri Lanka in Kandy.

Lyon claimed two middle order wickets on Wednesday to wrap up Australia's innings and 162-run victory over a Sri Lankan XI in the side's only tour match ahead of the series opener.

Second-choice spinner Stephen O'Keefe claimed 10 wickets for the match, however Lyon's figures of 2-14 in the home side's second innings of 83 went with his first innings analysis of 0-82 from 13 overs.

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And despite also not taking a wicket in an inter-squad trial last week, Lyon said he is not at all concerned by the scoreboard from the tour match in Colombo.

"You look at the scoreboard and you see no wickets, but I was really happy with the way they came out," Lyon said.

"I was creating chances. These tour games, a lot of the batsmen seem to go out with no fear, there's no consequences for those guys.

"Come the Test matches, it's a different story."

Lyon is the only one of Australia's bowlers to have been a part of the team that last played in Sri Lanka in 2011.

In each of those three Tests Lyon was the only slow bowler chosen, however he indicated on Tuesday he is likely to be partnered by O'Keefe in the upcoming series as selectors opt for a two-pronged finger-spin attack.

"It's going to be a big challenge for Steve O'Keefe and myself," he said.

"But in saying that, that's where we thrive under pressure to challenge ourselves to get better and better each day."

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