Aussies change plans for offspinner Ashwin

Rob Forsaith
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Nathan Lyon says Australia's batsmen must adjust to offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin's middle-stump line as they pursue a 2-1 series lead in Sydney.

Ashwin is India's leading wicket-taker in the four-Test series, having claimed 10 scalps at 17.7 during the opening two games.

There has been a quality to complement the quantity.

Lyon's opposite number has twice claimed the key wickets of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne.

A frank Smith admitted he has let Ashwin dictate terms, adding "that's something I've probably never let any spinner do in my career".

Lyon suggested Ashwin reaped the rewards of his consistent line in the Boxing Day Test.

"Ashwin is bowling very well. He's a world-class spinner and I've said that throughout my whole career," Lyon told reporters.

"He's bowled quite a straight line to our batters.

"They haven't come up with a plan as yet. Fingers crossed they will come up with one of them and counteract Ashwin's plan in Sydney."

Young allrounder Cameron Green arguably showed up his more credentialed and experienced teammates during a knock of 45 at the MCG, which included two boundaries off Ashwin.

Lyon revealed that Green's composed knock was highlighted during Australia's post-match debrief but said: "I wouldn't say that he has conquered Ashwin or anything like that.

"Cameron is working so hard in the nets to perfect his game, keep learning," Lyon said.

"He's always asking questions about my bowling and facing me in the nets. Which is a really good sign of a young cricketer.

"He'll be doing is best to make sure he's 100 per cent prepared and ready to go, that he has some different plans to combat all of India's bowlers. Not just Ashwin."