“Nathan Lyon is not R Ashwin,” Ian Chappell advises off-spinner to not emulate Ashwin

Jadeja and Ashwin have scalped 31 wickets out of 40 in the two Tests. In Nagpur, the pair scalped 15 wickets which India won by an innings and 132 runs. In the second one in Delhi, they sent 16 batters into packing.


“Nathan Lyon is not R Ashwin,” Ian Chappell advises off-spinner to not emulate Ashwin

Nathan Lyon, Ian Chappell, R Ashwin

Former Australia captain Ian Chappel has advised Nathan Lyon and other Aussi bowlers to not emulate India’s formidable spin duo, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Courtesy of Ashwin and Jadeja, India won the first two Tests and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series. They are one of the reasons why India have never lost a series at home for a decade now.

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Jadeja and Ashwin have scalped 31 wickets out of 40 in the two Tests. In Nagpur, the pair scalped 15 wickets which India won by an innings and 132 runs. In the second one in Delhi, they sent 16 batters into packing.

But Ian Chappel feels Australian bowlers should not try to emulate Ashwin and Jadeja. Lyon should instead improve his own bowling. Lyon and young off-spinner Todd Murphy did get success but it wasn’t enough to rattle the hosts. “Too often they (opposition spinners) do try and replicate the skillset (of Ashwin and Jadeja),” Chappel told ESPNCricinfo.

In this game, I thought Ashwin bowled bloody well but Jadeja got the seven wickets but that’s the way it happens some days. I don’t think you can come and replicate what they do. Nathan Lyon is not R Ashwin, he’s got to bowl like Nathan Lyon, and he has tried to do that,” he added.

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Brett Lee feels India should be wary of not Nathan Lyon but Todd Murphy 

Nathan Lyon
Todd Murphy; Brett Lee

Lyon was the pick of the bowlers for Australia in the Delhi Test for his five-wicket haul and two more in the second innings. But former Australia paceman Brett Lee feels India should be wary of Todd Murphy.

Murphy made his debut in the first Test and completed his maiden five-wicket haul. He finished with the figures of 7/124 in the first innings. In the second Test in Delhi, the 22-year-old picked up three more wickets, which is also the highest for the visitors in the series so far. “Who after Nathan Lyon? Well, it looks like they found their answer in the young 22-year-old superstar off-spinner, Todd Murphy,” Lee said on his YouTube channel.

India and Australia will now lock horns at the Holkar Stadium in Indore for the third Test, which is scheduled to start on March 1. Rohit Sharma and co. are leading the four-match series 2-0 and will eye to win the series in the next event. It will be interesting to see if the tourists play three spinners or will go with their usual two spinners.

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