Nathan Lyon has historically struggled against Pakistan.
Nathan Lyon has historically struggled against Pakistan.

Lyon aiming to put end to horror record

NATHAN Lyon has set his sights on finally conquering Pakistan with the tourists having proven the toughest opponents of his Test career.

Lyon will enter Thursday week's first Test with a bowling average of more than 50 against Pakistan - his highest price per wicket against any international team.

Sarfraz Ahmed and Imam-ul-Haq have previously played Lyon's spin well, with a majority of the Pakistan side brought up playing against turners.

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"Pakistan have probably been the one country who have played me the best," Lyon said.

"I have had great battles with Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Huq and those guys.

"They provide a decent challenge for spinners.

"But it's a challenge I am not going to shy away from. It's an exciting challenge.

"I know how to play decent cricket here in Australia."

Nathan Lyon is looking to turn around a horror record against Pakistan this summer.
Nathan Lyon is looking to turn around a horror record against Pakistan this summer.

Misbah is now Pakistan's coach and Khan has retired, but Azhar Ali has scored a double century against the Australians in recent years.

Lyon's record against Pakistan is a quirky one.

He has taken wickets on the sub-continental in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, but not necessarily in the UAE against Pakistan.

Lyon's return against them on their tour of Australia in 2016-17 was well below his career record at home - with 11 wickets at 45.63.

But many would argue Lyon is a different bowler to the one who featured three seasons ago for Australia.

He has since risen to be third highest wicket taker for Australia and has made a habit of taking wickets at home, with his overspin and extra bounce troubling touring batsmen.

And the 31-year-old was insistent he wouldn't need to change his game to counteract Pakistan's form against him.

"I'll have my own plans and the way I go about it and make sure I'm preparing the best way I can," Lyon said.

"But I'm not going to really look into what they're doing.

"The wickets here in Australia usually give a bit more bounce and pace than the ones we have played on over there (in the UAE), which tend to be slow and low.

"Obviously the conditions are in our favour but they've got some world-class players and we've still got to make sure we're playing our best cricket.

"We've got to make sure we're playing together and as a bowling unit, creating chances and challenging their defences for a long period of time."

NATHAN LYON'S TEST BOWLING RECORD BY OPPONENT

* Pakistan: 26 wickets at 50.34

* South Africa: 46 wickets at 42.28

* Sri Lanka: 35 wickets at 36.82

* India: 85 wickets at 32.60

* England: 85 wickets at 30.52

* West Indies: 34 wickets at 24.17

* New Zealand: 30 wickets at 22.70

* Bangladesh: 22 wickets at 14.31

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