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A spin battle in the shadows of the fast and furious

Australia is the mainly the playground of genuine quicks and batsmen who can counter fire with fire, with positive stroke-play. The combative Ashwin though will hope to engage in a meaningful spin battle with seasoned off-spin rival Nathan Lyon.
R Ashwin and Nathan Lyon(Getty Images)
R Ashwin and Nathan Lyon(Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 15, 2020 08:25 AM IST
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Mumbai/New Delhi | BySanjjeev K Samyal/N Ananthanarayanan

India vs Australia: Past glory does not matter to me, says Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara can be deaf to attempts to rile him. His unhurried walk to square-leg, making no eye contact as he settles in his stance and the monk-like focus allows him to play the next ball on its merit. “I think sledging is overrated. It’s irrelevant,” he says.
Cheteshwar Pujara(Twitter/BCCI)
Cheteshwar Pujara(Twitter/BCCI)
Updated on Dec 13, 2020 08:47 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByRasesh Mandani

2nd T20I: Australia add Nathan Lyon to squad, fret over Aaron Finch’s fitness against India

Off-spinner Lyon replaced all-rounder Cameron Green, who has been released from the squad to play for Australia A.
Nathan Lyon in the nets.(Getty Images)
Nathan Lyon in the nets.(Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 05, 2020 12:36 PM IST
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Sydney | ByReuters

Want to go beyond 500 Test wickets: Nathan Lyon

The veteran spinner last played a Test in January this year before the Covid-19 pandemic shut down cricket across the globe. He says the break has made him hungrier to perform.
Australia's Nathan Lyon appeals for the wicket of England's Joe Denly before going to a review which deemed Denly not out Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra(Action Images via Reuters)
Australia's Nathan Lyon appeals for the wicket of England's Joe Denly before going to a review which deemed Denly not out Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra(Action Images via Reuters)
Updated on Nov 19, 2020 06:43 PM IST
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Melbourne | ByPress Trust of India

India vs Australia: ‘Just because Virat Kohli’s not there doesn’t mean Australia get the trophy’ - Nathan Lyon

Nathan Lyon said it is disappointing that Virat Kohli will miss the major part of the Test series but was quick to point out the firepower in India’s batting department.
Australia's Nathan Lyon, left, is congratulated by skipper Tim Paine after he took five wickets in India's first innings in the second cricket test between Australia and India in Perth, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)(AP)
Australia's Nathan Lyon, left, is congratulated by skipper Tim Paine after he took five wickets in India's first innings in the second cricket test between Australia and India in Perth, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)(AP)
Updated on Nov 15, 2020 08:28 PM IST
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‘Their whole batting line-up is world-class’: Uncapped Australia spinner ready for India challenge

Nathan Lyon is the premier spinner of the side but young Mitchell Swepson is ready for the challenge if given an opportunity against a ‘world-class’ Indian batting line-up.
Mitchell Swepson in action for Queensland.(Getty Images)
Mitchell Swepson in action for Queensland.(Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 15, 2020 07:50 AM IST
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‘He is the best player in the world:’ Nathan Lyon says Australia won’t let guard down in Virat Kohli’s absence

Even though Virat Kohli will miss three Tests against Australia, Nathan Lyon and the Australian team is not taking their foot off the pedal.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon in his bowling stride.(Getty Images)
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon in his bowling stride.(Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 13, 2020 01:55 PM IST
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Smith at No.3, Kohli at 4; three quicks: Josh Hazlewood picks his India-Australia combined Test XI

Ahead of India’s tour to Australia in December this year, Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood picked his combined Test with players from both the sides.
Steve Smith of Australia shakes hands with Virat Kohli of India(Cricket Australia/Getty Images)
Steve Smith of Australia shakes hands with Virat Kohli of India(Cricket Australia/Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 31, 2020 08:38 PM IST
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‘Getting up there’: Aussie spin great Nathan Lyon compares India series to Ashes

Australian off spinner Nathan Lyon, who has played a big part in the Test matches over the last decade, has put this rivalry next to the traditional Ashes.
Australia's Nathan Lyon appeals for a wicket.(Action Images via Reuters)
Australia's Nathan Lyon appeals for a wicket.(Action Images via Reuters)
Updated on Jun 24, 2020 03:36 PM IST
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‘Virat was playing PlayStation with Saha’: When Ashwin convinced Kohli about plan to dismiss Warner

R Ashwin derived a strategy to dismiss David Warner but he revealed that he went in to convey the same to captain Virat Kohli when he was playing PlayStation with wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha.
File image of Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin celebrating.(PTI)
File image of Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin celebrating.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 18, 2020 01:52 PM IST
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Virat Kohli has maturity and ability to very make good decisions: Kane Williamson

Speaking on Star Sports’ chat show Cricket Connected, Williamson talked about how Kohli has matured over the years and has also developed the ability to make really good decisions.
File image of Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson.(ICC)
File image of Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson.(ICC)
Updated on Jun 08, 2020 06:47 PM IST
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Shane Warne explains why Australia’s spin bowling is ‘going downhill fast’

“Nathan Lyon is one of the best spinners in the world, and we’re so lucky to have a great spinner in Lyon. If something happened to him, we’ve got a spinner with very little first class experience that could be up against some of the best players in the world of spin.”
Shane Warne bowls during the IPL T20 match between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.(Getty Images)
Shane Warne bowls during the IPL T20 match between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.(Getty Images)
Updated on May 23, 2020 07:17 PM IST
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Melbourne | ByPress Trust of India

‘If we are playing with no crowd, it’ll be quite amazing to see Virat Kohli’: Nathan Lyon

India are set to play a four-match Test series in Australia later this year. But with the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc, speculation is rife that the games could be held behind closed doors.
Australia's Nathan Lyon appeals for the wicket of India's Cheteshwar Pujara as India's Virat Kohli, left.(AP)
Australia's Nathan Lyon appeals for the wicket of India's Cheteshwar Pujara as India's Virat Kohli, left.(AP)
Updated on Apr 14, 2020 02:28 PM IST
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Sydney | ByPress Trust of India

Nathan Lyon backs Paine to continue as Australia captain

Australia lost a first home series to India but retained the Ashes last year under Paine, who has said he would back Smith’s return to the job after he served a further one-year ban from leadership roles.
Steve Smith of Australia speaks with Tim Paine of Australia during day three of the 4th Specsavers Test between England and Australia at Old Trafford on September 06, 2019 in Manchester, England.(Getty Images)
Steve Smith of Australia speaks with Tim Paine of Australia during day three of the 4th Specsavers Test between England and Australia at Old Trafford on September 06, 2019 in Manchester, England.(Getty Images)
Updated on Apr 14, 2020 01:08 PM IST
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‘He has taken over from Ashwin’: Former Australian cricketer names best off-spinner in world

“I feel Lyon has taken the mantle from Ashwin over the last year just as the best off spinner, but I love the way both continue to improve there games and not be complacent where they are at. #hoggytime,” Hogg tweeted.
Brad Hogg and R Ashwin.(HT Collage)
Brad Hogg and R Ashwin.(HT Collage)
Updated on Apr 11, 2020 11:19 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

‘Ashwin has not improved’: Former India bowler names best India spinner

Ashwin played the first Test match against New Zealand, but he was replaced in the side by Ravindra Jadeja for the second Test match.
India's Ravichandran Ashwin(AP)
India's Ravichandran Ashwin(AP)
Updated on Mar 11, 2020 04:39 PM IST
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Australia vs New Zealand: ‘Inspiring the next generation’ - David Warner wins hearts with kind gesture at SCG

Aus vs NZ: David Warner played his part in Australia’s big win as he slammed an unbeaten ton in the second essay to help the hosts complete a series whitewash.
File image: Australia cricketer David Warner stands with teammates before the start of Sydney Test.(AP)
File image: Australia cricketer David Warner stands with teammates before the start of Sydney Test.(AP)
Updated on Jan 07, 2020 01:20 PM IST
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Australia vs New Zealand: ‘What a screamer’: James Pattinson pulls off brilliant catch in Sydney Test - Watch

The commentators thought that the ball will be landing safely but a well timed dive from the Australia fast bowler allowed him to complete the catch.
Australia's James Pattinson during nets.(Action Images via Reuters)
Australia's James Pattinson during nets.(Action Images via Reuters)
Updated on Jan 06, 2020 01:50 PM IST
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Australia close in on India in World Test Championship points table after crushing New Zealand

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who had to miss this match owing to a flu, credited the Australian side for being utterly dominant right throughout the match.
Australia beat New Zealand by 257 runs(AP)
Australia beat New Zealand by 257 runs(AP)
Updated on Jan 06, 2020 01:16 PM IST
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‘You cannot drop Marnus Labuschagne’: New Zealand pay price for Todd Astle’s massive blunder - WATCH

Australia vs New Zealand: Todd Astle dropped an easy return catch of Marnus Labuschagne on Day 4 of the 3rd Test.
New Zealand's Todd Astle drops a chance to dismiss Australia's Marnus Labuschagne.(AP)
New Zealand's Todd Astle drops a chance to dismiss Australia's Marnus Labuschagne.(AP)
Updated on Jan 06, 2020 01:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Nathan Lyon takes five as Australia dominate New Zealand in Sydney

Already 2-0 down in the series after thumping defeats in Perth and Melbourne, New Zealand have been ravaged by illness and injury and now face a huge battle to avoid a third heavy loss before they head home.
Australia's Nathan Lyon appeals unsuccessfully for a LBW decision.(AP)
Australia's Nathan Lyon appeals unsuccessfully for a LBW decision.(AP)
Updated on Jan 05, 2020 01:54 PM IST
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Sydney | ByReuters

Nathan Lyon goes past Ian Botham with first five-for in Sydney

Australia vs New Zealand: Lyon dismissed Tom Blundell (49), Jeet Raval (31), William Somerville (0), Neil Wagner (0) and Matt Henry (3) on day three to complete his first five-wicket haul at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Australia's Nathan Lyon leaves the field after taking 5 wickets on day three of the third cricket test match between Australia and New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. (Andrew Cornaga/Photosport via AP)(AP)
Australia's Nathan Lyon leaves the field after taking 5 wickets on day three of the third cricket test match between Australia and New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. (Andrew Cornaga/Photosport via AP)(AP)
Updated on Jan 05, 2020 12:58 PM IST
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Sydney | ByAsian News International

Not a 4-day Test fan, hope ICC is not considering it: Nathan Lyon

The debate around four-day Test cricket has reignited after it came to the fore that the International Cricket Council (ICC) cricket committee is likely to consider four-day Test matches as being part of the World Test Championship from 2023.
Australia's Nathan Lyon(AP)
Australia's Nathan Lyon(AP)
Updated on Jan 01, 2020 03:10 PM IST
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Sydney | ByIndo Asian News Service

Ashish Nehra names his pick for ‘performance of the decade’

The innings proved crucial for the Indian cricket team as they won the encounter by 87 runs to level three-match series 1-1 against South Africa in 2010.
A file photo of Ashish Nehra (R) and MS Dhoni.(PTI)
A file photo of Ashish Nehra (R) and MS Dhoni.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 01, 2020 09:17 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Ricky Ponting names Test team of decade, 4 England players, solitary Indian picked

While the usual suspects make their presence felt in the side, there are a number of picks which might lead to few debates.
File image of Ricky Ponting(Getty Images)
File image of Ricky Ponting(Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 31, 2019 08:33 AM IST
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Did Warnie ever rest to give Stuart MacGill a go: Nathan Lyon shoots down Shane Warne’s suggestion

Cricket great Warne has championed Swepson and over the weekend flagged the idea of axing Lyon if selectors opt for one spinner in Sydney.
Australia's Nathan Lyon(AP)
Australia's Nathan Lyon(AP)
Updated on Dec 30, 2019 10:15 AM IST
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Melbourne | ByAFP

Tim Paine hails teamwork as Australia crush New Zealand in 2nd Test

After crushing Pakistan twice, they have now done the same to New Zealand, wrapping up their three-Test series against the Black Caps with a 247-run thrashing in Melbourne.
Australia's Tim Paine bats against New Zealand during play.(AP)
Australia's Tim Paine bats against New Zealand during play.(AP)
Updated on Dec 29, 2019 02:15 PM IST
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Melbourne | ByAgence France-Presse

Australia add leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson to Sydney Test squad

The 26-year-old leg-spinner joined the side for preparation during the ongoing second Test in Melbourne and will remain with them leading into the Sydney Test from January 3, where conditions often assist slow bowlers.
Mitchell Swepson(Getty Images)
Mitchell Swepson(Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 26, 2019 09:18 AM IST
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Melbourne | ByAFP

Australia vs New Zealand: ‘Embrace it’ - Nathan Lyon unfazed by Kiwi Bodyline-like bouncer barrage

Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson played down the significance of the approach, saying it was simply tailored to suit the Perth pitch conditions and wouldn’t necessarily be repeated elsewhere.
Australian bowlers Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon hug after winning their cricket test against New Zealand in Perth.(AP)
Australian bowlers Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon hug after winning their cricket test against New Zealand in Perth.(AP)
Updated on Dec 16, 2019 02:16 PM IST
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Perth | ByAFP

Australia vs New Zealand: Tim Paine’s blunder see Australia miss an easy run out - Watch

The Australian bowlers continued their domination on Day 3 in the ongoing Perth Test match as they knocked over New Zealand for 166 in the first innings.
Tim Paine of Australia(Getty Images)
Tim Paine of Australia(Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 14, 2019 01:02 PM IST
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