Nathan Lyon rubbishes claims he will stunt Tom Hartley's development at Lancashire, with the Aussie insisting he will work together with his fellow spinner while playing in Manchester

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  • Nathan Lyon says he will activity successful tandem pinch his chap spinner Tom Hartley
  • He will play 7 games for Lancashire nether Cricket Australia's instruction
  • Lyon dismissed nan thought his presence would stunt Hartley's subordinate development 

By Nathan Salt

Published: 13:10 EDT, 4 April 2024 | Updated: 13:10 EDT, 4 April 2024

Nathan Lyon has rubbished nan thought that his presence astatine Lancashire will stunt nan improvement of Tom Hartley, insisting nan brace will activity successful tandem during nan Aussie’s spell successful Manchester.

Lyon is preparing to make his debut for nan Red Rose connected Friday erstwhile they big Surrey successful what is to beryllium 1 of 7 games he is eligible to play nether Cricket Australia’s instruction.

Hartley, who delivered a match-winning second-innings haul of 7 for 62 connected Test debut successful Hyderabad, is excited astir playing pinch Lyon but England coach Brendon McCullum precocious raised fears that his young spinners whitethorn find themselves marginalised to accommodate nan likes of Lyon.


'I cognize what Baz has travel retired and said successful nan media, and that’s each good and bully - but I’m not present to return Tom’s spot,’ Lyon said. ‘I’m present to vessel successful tandem pinch Tom.

‘If you tin play 2 spinners successful nan side, successful my opinion, you’ll triumph a batch of games of cricket. So I’m present to vessel successful tandem pinch Tom and to beryllium honorable I’m happy to thief Tom retired on nan way, and nary uncertainty he’ll thief maine arsenic good pinch different skillsets, different mindsets, tactically arsenic well.

Nathan Lyon rubbished nan thought his presence astatine Lancashire will stunt Tom Hartley's development

Hartley is excited astir playing pinch Lyon, but location were fears he mightiness beryllium marginalised

‘There’s nary secrets successful what I do, truthful I’m much than happy to thief out. If Tom calls maine each day, sits down pinch maine for a java each day, to talk rotation bowling, I’m much than happy to do that.’

Lyon is each smiles astatine a sun-kissed Old Trafford, wherever he enjoyed a first convention successful nan nets pinch Hartley connected Thursday, arsenic he sits down to bespeak connected this move.

The 24-year-old slow left-armer is personification Lyon - who confesses to being a ‘cricket tragic’ because he watches truthful galore matches - has studied and looked astatine intimately successful caller months.

‘I was glued to that Test bid [against India],’ he explained.

‘To spot Tom spell complete there, make his debut and play nan 5 Test matches, I really watched it rather closely. He’s a talent, he’s only 24 and to spot what he does, what I judge he tin get amended at, he’s sewage a large early up of him which is breathtaking for England cricket and world cricket arsenic well.’

Along pinch nan imaginable business pinch Hartley, Lyon is relishing nan imaginable of sharing a changing room pinch Jimmy Anderson, who, astatine 41, is showing property is conscionable a number.

‘I had luncheon pinch Jimmy connected Wednesday which was beautiful amazing, usually erstwhile I'm sitting down pinch Jimmy it's having a mates of beers aft a difficult fought Ashes series!’

Lyon is relishing sharing a changing room pinch Jimmy Anderson, and they had luncheon together

Lyon is preparing to make his nine debut for nan Red Rose connected Friday erstwhile they big Surrey

Asked if he will still beryllium going astatine 41 and whether, astatine 36, he has put a timeframe connected really agelong his profession has to run, Lyon is keen to support an unfastened mind.

‘I'm not putting an extremity crippled connected it,’ he said.

'Looking backmost astatine erstwhile my wounded happened past twelvemonth erstwhile I was here, it astir apt happened astatine nan correct time, looking astatine nan affirmative broadside now. I was capable to spell location and was really disappointment and down, astir apt adjacent to slump watching nan guys spell astir it for nan past 3 Ashes Tests.

'But past I was capable to watch nan AFL expansive last backmost location and seeing nan guys spell astir it and win, it relit a occurrence and I said to my wife, “there’s nary measurement I'm giving this up, this is what I'm present to do and this is what I love.”’

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