Lyon: Peterson is world-class

2014-02-06 18:00

Johannesburg - Australian spinner Nathan Lyon on Thursday labelled his South African counterpart Robin Peterson a world-class spinner ahead of their three-match Test series, starting on February 12.

Peterson's role as the number one spinner in the South African setup followed the dropping of Imran Tahir for the upcoming series, after a poor performance in the two-Test series against India in December.

"Robin Peterson is a world-class spinner," Lyon said in Johannesburg.

"He's a Test match spinner; if you're playing Test match cricket you must be doing something right.

"We're not going to underestimate him. He's a great player and we're going to have worry about what we can control."

On paper, however, the comparison between the two spinners is quite contrasting.

Lyon has on four occasions taken four wickets in an innings, and also grabbed four five-fors in his 30 Test match career.

Peterson, meanwhile, has only claimed four wickets in an innings once, and taken just one five-wicket haul in an innings from his 14 Tests.

Despite the clear difference, Lyon said he would be content to let his quick bowlers steal the headlines.

"I'm more than happy to fly under the radar. Our biggest strength over the last period has been bowling in partnerships.

"If I can play my role in the team with the likes of Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle, hopefully we can get the right result for Australia."

The pitches in South Africa are considered more suitable to quick bowling, but Lyon pointed out he could do well if there was good bounce off the wicket.

"I'm definitely an attacking (spinner) option for Michael Clarke. My biggest weapon is my bounce, so if there's is some bounce in the South African pitches, which is pretty similar to back home, I could do well."

Lyon played a crucial role in the recent Ashes series against England which Australia won 5-0, and was rightly buoyed by his recent performances.

"I've been through a lot of highs and lows, I've been dropped a couple of times in India and in England.

"But I was able to come back and play a vital role in the Australian summer and get some good results for Australia.

"I've grown in confidence in my bowling and skill sets."


  • winston.wiggill - 2014-02-06 18:11

    Well there we go, the Australians want us to play Peterson, tell us something I think

      Thomas Cannon - 2014-02-06 20:32

      Aussie mind games!!!!!!

      Tony Byleveld - 2014-02-06 22:22

      Brilliant comment . I agree

      Kevin Marsh - 2014-02-09 11:53

      England only won the odd game when KP was playing . It must have been tough for one guy carrying a whole team . Now England is really stuffed .

  • Vrystaat Poppie - 2014-02-06 18:30

    He is can bat too!!

  • Craig 'Jumbo' Edmondson - 2014-02-06 18:35

    as Boycott would say, 'My grandmother spins it more than he does, whilst bowling in her nightie........................'

  • ryanshawza - 2014-02-06 18:55

    Clever putting some mental pressure on Peterson before start of series

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-02-06 19:03

    Of course he is a world class player always taking 2,3 wickets with 30odd runs by far the best spinner the proteas ever had

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-02-06 19:08

    Better then quota Morkel!Drop morkel for Rory or Beuran

      Vrystaat Poppie - 2014-02-06 19:19

      A white dude can't be a quota you chop!

      Kgosi Samuel Mogosetso - 2014-02-06 21:01

      Steyn and vernon are swing bowler morkel is a differnt bowler to the two thats why he gets the nod

      Baainaar Hofman - 2014-02-06 23:01

      Weet jy wat beteken quota slet?Gaan google boeta dippenaar,hudson,symcox,boje,cronje en rhodes se stats

  • Jimmy Kuys - 2014-02-06 19:43

    Aussie "Misleidings Plan" they want him to play , they can read him like a "Sad Sack" Comic

  • Kgosi Samuel Mogosetso - 2014-02-06 19:58

    D Miller murdered the Titan's bowling attack 93 of 37 balls 6 fours and 9 sixes what a player

      Richard Barnes - 2014-02-06 20:11

      I guess he also gave Rob Houwing his answer about Roelof vdM making the Proteas squad for the T20 WC. :p

      Sihle Zondie - 2014-02-07 06:50

      I still wanna see Albie Morkel in the mix though,even after that King kong six from Miller!

  • Simphiwe Masimula - 2014-02-06 21:11

    Who cares Lyon?Save it,u want him to play as ur target,but hey good plan!What you(Aussies) doing is like 'pulling a Wheelchair with a toilet paper'.It seems it's hard to accept that we(SA) the best and matured team,if so go and choke yourself we(SA) wont fall into the trap.

      Richard Barnes - 2014-02-06 21:28

      Aussie joke. Q: How do you play mind games with a South African? A: Say something to him.

  • Lundi Mdingi - 2014-02-06 21:29

    Thank you Nathan, whatever you are trying to do I hope you and the rest of the Aussie team is as good on the pitch as you've been in front of the media. Keep talking lads, enjoy the RSA hospitality, looking forward to seeing you on the 12th.

  • Tian Nel - 2014-02-06 22:02

    peterson a world class spinner?rubbish. More like a part time spinner i'd say

  • Tony Byleveld - 2014-02-06 22:22

    Sarcasm 1: proteas

  • Ralf Foley - 2014-02-07 16:14

    Aussies clearly want Peterson to play. Much better than facing a 4th fast bowler like Hendricks.

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