Lyon refuses to criticise Swann’s performance in first Ashes Test

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“Graeme Swann is a very talented bowler and he’s someone who I’ve watched”

Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon has refused to criticise England spinner Graeme Swann over his poor performance in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Swann picked up two wickets in the match and conceded 215 runs as Australia thrashed England by a huge margin of 381 runs.

“Graeme Swann is a very talented bowler and he’s someone who I’ve watched,” Lyon said. “I was lucky enough to get a little bit more bounce you could probably say, so yeah, I’m not saying anything else.”

Speaking about the second Test in Adelaide, which gets underway on December 5, Lyon stated that he expects conditions to be extremely different to that of the Gabba.

“It’s going to be a new challenge, but as a bowling group we thrive off challenges,” he said. “It probably won’t be as bouncy as what the Gabba was but hopefully the reverse swing will come back into it and then Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, James Faulkner and Peter Siddle will hopefully be able to get that reverse swing happening.

“Fingers crossed there is a little bit of speed in there for me.

“We’ve got pretty attacking batsmen with the likes of David Warner, Michael Clarke who are able to get going there and have a really good partnership.”

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