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Lyon confident results will come

The Australia veteran is expecting this summer to pan out very different to how many people are expecting

AAP & Cricket Network

09 November 2018, 04:09 PM

Test spinner Nathan Lyon is confident that results will come Australia's way as the summer progresses.

Australia lost their most recent Test series 1-0 to Pakistan and were swept 3-0 during the Twenty20 component of that UAE series.

They commenced the home summer with a disappointing six-wicket ODI loss to South Africa and have plenty of question marks surrounding the makeup of their Test side ahead of the first five-day contest against India next month.

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The overriding sense is world No.1 India, who arrive soon for a four-Test series that starts on December 6, will never have a better chance to record their maiden Test series win in Australia.

But Lyon has a different view and thinks Australia will soon start to gel and positive results will follow.

"The summer will be a hell of a lot different to what everyone is thinking," Lyon said.

"As soon as we get back to playing a good brand of cricket ... the results will come.

"There's some exciting young batsmen ... we've got enough world-class cricketers in Australia to get the job done.

"To make this summer one hell of a summer. A summer to remember.

"I'm very confident going into this summer."

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Lyon, still in the mix to be part of Australia's World Cup squad next year, was dumped from the ODI squad this month and asked to focus on his red-ball bowling.

Australia's most prolific Test offspinner was also left out of the Twenty20 squad that will face South Africa and India this month, as were Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

It means the Test attack may play together for NSW in the Sheffield Shield this month as they prepare to take on Virat Kohli's star-studded team.

"Of course I want to play every game for Australia ... but I can understand the mindset of selectors and JL (coach Justin Langer)," Lyon said.

"It's really good prep for a massive Test series.

"I know the quicks are looking forward to getting back and having one or two Shield games before the first Test.

"There's a lot of one-day cricket before the World Cup so you'll get an opportunity to perform in those games if you get picked."

Lyon, playing his first Shield game of the season on a slow SCG pitch, went wicket-less for 40 overs for NSW against Tasmania this week then grabbed 4-30 to create a late collapse.

Lyon's scalps in the drawn clash included Test skipper Tim Paine, who was bamboozled by a delivery that found a gap between bat and pad then kissed the top of off stump.

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November 23: MCG

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