Former Australia batter, Mike Hussey has opined that the veteran Aussie spinner, Nathan Lyon has plenty of time left in international cricket if his body gives him apt support, and added that spinners typically peak in their late 30s. Lyon, 35, registered one of his best performances in the third Test against India in Indore, taking 11 wickets to lead Australia to a nine-wicket win over the hosts.
Despite a slow start to the series, the New South Wales spinner responded with a fifer in the first innings in Delhi.
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Talking about Lyon, during a chat with SEN Sportsday, Mike Hussey said, “As long as he wants, really. He’s been amazing with his longevity and he’s still pretty young really. He’s got years and years to go, as long as his body keeps holding up. They always say spinners come to their peak in their 30s and maybe into their late 30s. It’s a tough art and I don’t see why he can’t keep going for a long time.”
Lyon, Australia’s most successful off-spinner, dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, KS Bharat, Ravindra Jadeja, and Ravichandran Ashwin in the Indore Test. With him dismissing Pujar in both innings, he has now dismissed India’s Test specialist 13 times in Tests. During the post-match press conference, Rohit admitted that Lyon is one of the best teams he has faced at home.
Hussey further suggested that Matthew Kuhnemann could be Lyon’s spin partner in the fourth and final Test in Ahmedabad starting from March 9.
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Explaining the same, Mike Hussey said, “I’ve been really impressed with Murphy, he looks really good. Having said that though, I like to have the balance in the attack where you’ve got one guy spinning it into the right-hander and one guy spinning away. I’d probably lean towards Kuhnemann, but only for that reason that he’s turning the ball in the opposite direction.”