Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Lyon Makes Big Impression On Trio Of Young Spinners

Lyon Makes Big Impression On Trio Of Young Spinners

Nathan Lyon may only be with Worcestershire for a few weeks but Director Of Cricket Steve Rhodes says he has already made a big impression on the County's trio of young spinners.

Brett D'Oliveira, George Rhodes and Ben Twohig are reaping the benefits of working with the Australian who has taken 247 wickets in 67 Tests for his country.

All three of Lyon's Championship appearances to date have been away from New Road against Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Sussex.

But that has not stopped Lyon from working in the nets and out in the middle during the lunch and tea intervals in those games with the trio at various times and passing on his vast experience.

Second team captain Rhodes (twice) and Twohig (once) have been 12th man and that has enabled them to tap into the know how of Lyon who was brought in after John Hastings was called up by Australia for ICC Champions Trophy duty.

Rhodes said: "It is one of his strengths really as a person, that he is more than happy to share and help other people.

"We knew that before he arrived. We've got three very young spinners and it is crucial to have people like Nathan around.

"He might only be here for a short period of time but maximising his experience…..why wouldn't you want him to get involved with your young spinners?

"Why wouldn't you want to listen to someone who has played 67 Test matches? But what is nice is that he has wanted to get involved."

Rhodes says the contribution that overseas players make away off the pitch as well as out in the middle is a key when weighing up who to bring into the squad.

Hastings made a big impression with the players before his temporary exit from New Road – he will return after the ICC Champions Trophy – and Lyon has followed suit.

Rhodes said: "We just don't want runs. wickets, catches from our overseas players although to have someone with his wealth of experience in our set-up for the longer format game is just incredibly good.

"It's another package. It is all about how we can learn from that person because generally, when you get an overseas player, they are pretty good.

"In Nathan's case. with all those Test matches, all of us can learn from that vast experience he has got.

"Like all our players, they have to be the right player for our bus so they have to fit in with what we do here.

"Nathan's character was never questioned. We did some research into what type of person he was – something we do with all our recruits – and try and make sure we've got someone who comes into our enviroment, who understands it, and will get on with it.

"He is definitely that type. He is a top guy who has settled in brilliantly."