Lyon, Doherty seek inspiration from England spinners for India series

Feb 02, 2013, 01:57 IST | IANS

Australian spinners Nathan Lyon and Xavier Doherty are analysing the performance of their English counterparts in India ahead of the four-match Test series in the sub-continent later in the month.

Lyon and Doherty are the frontline spinners in the 17-man squad announced for the tour of India beginning in Chennai on February 22.

Xavier Doherty
Xavier Doherty

Though the Indians are considered great players of spin, the Australian duo have taken heart from Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar’s show which helped England script a historic series win in India.

Doherty has had a look at their performance and plans to revisit the footage again. “I watched it (for the first time) more as a spectator rather than for research, thinking I wasn’t going to be a part of it,” Doherty was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.

“But watching the way they bowled, with some extra pace and really getting the ball to fizz off the wicket, I’ll be looking harder at some of that footage again. They (Swann and Panesar) led their attack and unexpectedly won England the series,” the left-arm spinner said. 

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