Australia are slated to play two T20s and five ODIs against the Indian in the run up to the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Lyon believes the squad has the ability to compete against the best in overseas conditions.
Following their clashes against India, Australia will also take on Pakistan in a five-match ODI series in the UAE before departing to England for the World Cup.
“We get a great opportunity to play a lot of white-ball cricket before the World Cup so I think if we can go out and enjoy ourselves, make sure our preparation is right, then we can compete against the best in their conditions as well,” Lyon was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“It will be a great challenge for us (against India), there’s no point shying away from that. It’s a great opportunity for a young side,” the spinner added.
The Aussies were recently beaten 1-2 by the Indians in the ODI series held in their own backyard and they will have their cut out once again against the No2 ranked team.
Lyon, meanwhile, is enjoying a revival of his limited-overs career after being seen as a Test specialist for a long time. The off-spinner was part of the squad which went down to India and is keen to cement a place in the ODI squad before the World Cup gets underway in England.
Lyon will turn out for Sydney Sixers on Sunday in their Big Bash League (BBL) clash against the Melbourne Stars before flying out to India for the limited-overs clashes.
“Hopefully my World Cup campaign, my selection, will start on Sunday. I just need to keep putting in good performances with the ball and making sure I can play my role, whichever side I’m playing in whether that’s the Sixers or Australia,” Lyon stated.
“I know my role in the Australian set-up with captain Aaron Finch, we just have to keep working on it and ensuring we are playing an exciting brand of cricket. There’s a massive couple of goals just around the corner for the Australian side.”
The limited-overs clashes between India and Australia will get underway on February 23 with the first T20 which will be held at Visakhapatnam.
The Bangladesh opener smashed 141 off just 61 deliveries against Dhaka Dynamites to lead Comilla Victorians to their second BPL title.
The left-hander will now turn his attentions to Bangladesh’s upcoming tour of New Zealand which gets underway with the first ODI on February 13 at Napier.
The unbeaten knock of 141 on Friday was Tamim’s maiden BPL ton but the Bangladesh stalwart knows the challenge will be a completely different one against the Kiwis.
“I am not taking any confidence (from this knock for New Zealand). This is a totally different ball game and different surface. Where I am going, there will be different formats, different conditions, and different bowling attack,” the southpaw was quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
“What I want to do is to maintain the process that I have been following for the past four or five years. I will only have one practice session before the ODIs start and I would like to make it count,” he continued.
Tamim’s sensational knock in the final came against a Dhaka attack including the likes of Bangladesh star Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell. The left-hander feels that excelling against such a potent bowling attack will hold him in good stead ahead of a busy schedule for the Tigers.
“It’s always good to score some runs and go and it’s a positive. But I know what to do in New Zealand. I hope to perform there because that’s national team duty and that’s the biggest cricket I play,” he said.
“The kind of bowlers Dhaka has, most international team also does not have that kind of attack. If I can perform against them then there is no reason I can’t do it in international cricket. So it teaches me a lot.”
Bangladesh will have to make do without the services of Shakib in New Zealand with the all-rounder ruled out of the tour with a fractured finger. The subcontinent side are scheduled to play five ODIs and three Tests against the Kiwis in their month-long tour.
The Kiwis took a 1-0 lead in the series with an 80-run win in Wellington before India responded with a seven-wicket thumping in the Auckland T20.
With the two teams locked at 1-1 in the three-match series, we take a look at the key talking points heading into the deciding T20 clash.
TIME RUNNING OUT FOR MUNRO
With the 2019 World Cup in England less than four months away, time is running out for Colin Munro to stake his claim for the opener’s role in the Kiwi ODI setup.
The New Zealand opener had a miserable time in the ODI series against India and his poor form has continued in the T20 clashes where he has registered scores of 34 and 12 so far.
His patchy form has seen the southpaw dropped from New Zealand’s squad for the first two ODIs against Bangladesh and as such, there aren’t many opportunities remaining for Munro to establish his claim.
With Martin Guptill returning from injury for the Bangladesh series, Munro needs to fire quickly if he wants a ticket on the World Cup plane. The explosive batsman has three T20I tons to his name with the most recent of them coming at Hamilton against England last year.
Can Munro repeat his Hamilton heroics and save his spot in the team?
INDIA LOOK TO CAP OFF DREAM TOUR
A win on Sunday for India will complete a sensational summer Down Under for India.
India were excellent on their tour of Australia where they clinched a maiden Test series win. The tourists also took the ODI series honours while the T20 series was shared between the two sides.
In New Zealand, India were rampant in the ODI clashes where they prevailed by a margin of 4-1 to capture their first series on Kiwi soil in over a decade. A win at Hamilton will give India four of the five series from their tour of Antipodes.
When one takes into account the team’s tour of South Africa last year as well, it makes for even better reading for India’s displays in the Southern Hemisphere. There, India lost the Test series 1-2 but came out on top in the ODI and T20 clashes.
KULDEEP QUESTION ON INDIA’S MIND
With the stakes high for both teams, India stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma has a tough call to make on Kuldeep Yadav.
The wrist-spinner has not featured in the T20 series with India opting to go with Yuzvendra Chahal and Krunal Pandya in the two clashes.
Kuldeep remains one of India’s biggest assets with the ball in the limited-overs formats, especially in T20s where he averages just under 13 with a strike-rate of less than 12.
He was excellent against Kane Williamson’s men in the ODI series where he picked up a four-wicket haul twice and he could prove to be India’s trump card for the deciding T20.
Should Kuldeep come into the playing XI, Rohit will have to decide whether to drop a bowler or a batsman. Krunal seems likely to retain his spot after his three-wicket haul in Auckland and it is possible that Kuldeep comes in for Chahal who has played all five ODIs and the two T20s.