Lyon should have been picked for India ODIs- McDermott

Do you reckon Nathan Lyon, who has done well in the sub-continent soil in recent times, should have been part of the limited-overs side?

Yes, he should have been to India, but the Australian selectors don’t seem to be picking him for the shorter formats. Nathan has bowled very well in Bangladesh and even in India earlier this year — he was outstanding. I don’t actually know why he doesn’t play ODI cricket as often as he should considering that he actually started his career in Twenty20 cricket. He has done well in whatever opportunities he has had in the shorter formats.

Where would you rate Lyon among the current crop of spinners?

His statistics are pretty good and he is going to play for Australia for a long period of time. Lyon took some time to find his footing (in international cricket). He was expected to get wickets on tracks that offered turn and I think he struggled with that responsibility initially, but he has turned things around and continues to get better.

Looking at the Indian batting line-up, what are the areas you expect the Australian bowlers to target?

That’s a very difficult question. You have to hit the deck hard and bowl the right lines. The Indian batsmen are very skillful in their own conditions. They play the ball late and use the depth of the crease to the spinners, and there is very little room for error. Australian bowlers will have to be on top of their game to create inroads into this batting line-up in India.

What would be your prediction for this series?

I will be going with Australia. They will win the five match ODI series 3-2 and the subsequent T20s 2-1.

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