Nathan Lyon Impressed by England's Young Spinners Ahead of Ashes

Nathan Lyon Impressed by England's Young Spinners Ahead of Ashes

Nathan Lyon, Australia's premier off-spinner, has expressed admiration for the performances of England's inexperienced spinners in India, despite their 4-1 series defeat. Lyon, who will join forces with one of those spinners, Tom Hartley, at Lancashire for the upcoming county season, believes that Hartley, Shoaib Bashir, and Rehan Ahmed have shown great promise.

Hartley, who played in all five Tests, impressed with 22 wickets at an average of 36.13, including a stunning 7 for 62 on debut in Hyderabad. Bashir, who arrived late due to visa issues, claimed 17 wickets at 33.35, including a maiden five-wicket haul in Dharamsala.

Lyon, who closely followed the India-England series, praised the trio's resilience in facing a formidable Indian batting lineup. He believes that Bashir, in particular, has the potential to be successful in Australia due to his ability to spin the ball over the back.

"All three of them stood out for me," Lyon said. "They had a tough introduction to Test cricket, but they showed great character. I'm looking forward to playing with Tom and learning from his experiences as a left-arm orthodox spinner."

Lyon also acknowledged the upcoming Ashes series in Australia in 2025-26, where England will aim to win down under for the first time since 2010-11. While there is speculation about potential retirements in the Australian team, Lyon believes that the current group can continue playing for several more years.

"We're definitely getting closer to the end, but we're still doing the hard work and preparing well," Lyon said. "There's no reason why we can't keep playing for three to four or five years. The skill is always going to be there, and Pat Cummins understands the importance of managing our bowlers."

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