India vs Australia: Nathan Lyon is '100%' expecting David Warner to play next 2 Tests
Australia’s spinner Nathan Lyon has said he is sure that David Warner will feature in the remaining two Tests of the 2020-21 Border Gavaskar series and has backed the opening batsman to do well.
Warner missed the first two Tests as he was recovering from a groin injury. Ahead of the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the series is levelled at 1-1.
"David is a x-factor. He is a world-class batter. I am 100 per cent expecting David to go out there in the next couple of Tests and do well," Lyon told reporters on Monday.
The hosts won the first Test in Adelaide before the Indian team bounced back to claim a thumping victory in the Boxing Day fixture at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
With the New Year's Test set to begin on Jan. 7, Lyon said that Australia will look to draw inspiration from their 2019 Ashes campaign in England and how they fought back in the series after they had suffering a heartbreaking loss in the Headingley Test.
"You can always draw from all different experiences. It doesn't have to be in England, it can be in South Africa or wherever. You're always learning. We'll have a meeting just before the game and reflect ... we have to make sure we keep our feet on the ground, stay in the contest. The India-Australia series is getting up there alongside the Ashes, as a pinnacle for the Australian cricket side. It's massive ... there is something special building," added Lyon.
The Aussie spinner also spoke about India's stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who is the current leading run scorer in the series with 181 runs in four innings at an average of 60.33.
"Rahane played me extremely well in Melbourne. He doesn't seem to get flustered much. He doesn't buy into any sledging or conversation out there in the middle, he's pretty calm and collected. I've already come up with a couple of different plans for him and a few other guys ... we're very confident as a bowling group," said Lyon about Rahane.
Meanwhile, it has also been reported that due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Australia, the crowd capacity for the third Test has been reduced. The spectators will initially be limited to 25 per cent of the ground's 38,000 cricket capacity - approximately 9,500 people - on the advice of the New South Wales Government, as reported by cricket.com.au.