Lyon hails Nevill, Smith relationship


Australia spinner Nathan Lyon has praised his link-up with wicketkeeper Peter Nevill and captain Steven Smith after an impressive showing on day one of the third and final Test against West Indies.

Rain at the SCG in Sydney robbed three hours of play but Lyon (2-68) starred as Australia had the Windies 207-6 at the close of play.

The 28-year-old bowled 32 of the 75 overs his team completed and claimed the crucial scalp of Kraigg Brathwaite (85) for his 100th Test wicket on home soil.

However, Lyon lauded the wicketkeeper and captain for their influence on his successful showing.

"Talking to [wicketkeeper] Peter Nevill and Steven Smith pretty closely and finding out the best pace and what line to bowl," he said.

"I'm lucky enough to have a great captain and a good mate behind the stumps. So we've got a really good friendship there, the three of us there. We're working pretty well together."

Lyon sees the difficult conditions in Sydney as a tough test, but one he is confident of rising to.

"It's good fun to bowl on for spinners - it's challenging. It's a big challenge for me, it's spinning pretty big and it's got decent bounce," he continued.

"I think it's going to deteriorate, and as I said it's going to be tough for our spinners to be able to find a way to hit the stumps. It's probably a lot closer to a sub-continental pitch.

"I'm enjoying that challenge of bowling out here, it's my favourite place to bowl in Australia and my favourite place to play really - the SCG, a home Test. So I'm enjoying every moment."