Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has claimed that Australia is confident about the plan set for Rohit Sharma. They’re prepared for the Indian batsman in the last two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Rohit Sharma recently joined the Indian team after completing his mandatory quarantine period.
Rohit Sharma has been appointed as the vice-captain for the remaining two Tests matches against Australia. He will be taking over the duties from Cheteshwar Pujara. Rohit will either open the innings in place of Mayank Agarwal or bat in the middle-order, replacing Hanuma Vihari.
Rohit Sharma currently averages only 31 in Australia from five Tests. The batsman has a point to prove when he goes out to bat against the hosts.
Nathan Lyon praised Ajinkya Rahane and Ravi Ashwin
The Men in Blue finally recovered from the Adelaide humiliation to clinch a win in the Boxing Day Test. The success was motivated by a century from stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane.
Lyon stated that Rahane does not indulge in conversations with the opposition bowlers while he is batting. The off-spinner mentioned that he has different plans for Rahane as he hit a dogged match-winning 112 in the Melbourne Test.
The 33-year-old is also optimistic that the Australian will deal well with Ravichandran Ashwin. The off-spinner has already dismissed Steve Smith twice in the series. In the first match, Steve was caught at slip and then at leg-slip.
Nathan Lyon is also hoping David Warner to be available for the upcoming matches. Warner is recovering from injury and most likely will be available for the last two Tests against India.
Lyon will head into the Sydney encounter needing six wickets to complete 400 Test wickets. The third Test encounter between India and Australia starts on January 7. The stadium will have just have 25 percent crowd capacity because of the rise in COVID cases in the city.