BARREN SPELL: Australian bowler Nathan Lyon took just two wickets in two innings against a Sri Lankan Board XI.
BARREN SPELL: Australian bowler Nathan Lyon took just two wickets in two innings against a Sri Lankan Board XI. DAVE HUNT

Lyon not concerned by lack of wickets in Test warm-up

CRICKET: Nathan Lyon is approaching Australia’s opening Test against Sri Lanka with confidence despite being outbowled by spin twin Steve O’Keefe in the tourists’ only warm-up match.

Playing for a spot in the Test team, O’Keefe finished with match figures of 10-64 to help propel Australia to an innings and 162-run victory over a Sri Lankan Board XI in Colombo.

He impressed with the bat, too, top-scoring with 78 not out in the tourists’ only innings.

Lyon finished with just two wickets for the match, taking 0-82 from 13 overs in the home side’s first dig and 2-14 in their second, but showed no concern when speaking to media later.

“You look at the scoreboard and you see no wickets, but I was really happy with the way they came out. I was creating chances,” he said.

“These tour games, a lot of the batsmen seem to go out with no fear, there’s no consequences for those guys.

“Come the Test matches, it’s a different story.”

Australia is tipped to play both Lyon and O’Keefe in the first Test, which starts in Kandy on Tuesday.


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