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Lyon Backs Australia To Recover

Lyon Backs Australia To Recover

Nathan Lyon believes Shaun Marsh and Travis Head can help Australia to chase down 219 runs to defeat India in the first Test. The Baggy Greens were set a record 323 runs to catch India at the Adelaide Oval and they floundered on day four.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami impressed with the ball for India as they claimed two wickets apiece.

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Spinner Ashwin sent Aaron Finch (11) and Usman Khawaja (8) back to the pavilion, while seamer Shami, who finished day four with impressive figures of 2-15, claimed the wickets of Marcus Harris (26) and Peter Handscomb (14).

Australia will resume action on the final day with Marsh and Head at the crease as they attempt to chase down a further 219 runs, which would seal history in South Australia.

Lyon has confidence in the pair to dig in and revealed captain Tim Paine has urged the squad to invoke memories of the great Dubai escape in October. “We just spoke about Dubai just then,” Lyon said. “We still believe we can win this, and that’s the best thing.

We still believe we’re in this game, it’s just about coming out tomorrow, winning the first ball, first over, first hour, just breaking it down, very simple. We need to not complicate things, enjoy ourselves, compete hard and fight our backsides off.

“It was actually Tim, just saying we’ve had that belief before when our backs have been against the wall, but we’ve got a massive sniff here, I believe anyway, in this Test match.”

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