'Not surprised': Shane Warne lashes out amid Nathan Lyon furore

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Shane Warne has hit out on social media, claiming his comments about Nathan Lyon being rested for the third Test against New Zealand were taken out of context.

Warne declared this week Australia should do whatever they could to get young leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson in the side with the series win already wrapped up, even if it meant Lyon missing the Test.

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"What an opportunity to rest a quickie with some stuff going on and India coming up," Warne told Fox Cricket earlier in the Boxing Day Test.

"It might hurt at the moment for someone to give up a Test match; Nathan Lyon or one of the quicks because it's the last Test of the summer.

"Maybe leave a batsman out and play all five; push (Tim) Paine up to No.6. Just give (Swepson) a chance and just find a spot for him.”

Nathan Lyon and Shane Warne. Image: Getty

Swepson is a small chance to play in this week's third Test, particularly if the SCG wicket is expected to turn.

But on Monday Lyon dismissed the notion that he could be rested, delivering a somewhat stinging response to Warne’s suggestion.

"Did Warney ever want a rest and give Stuart MacGill a go? I won't be rested," Lyon said.

That comment caused a rather large stir, and it appears Warne wasn’t impressed.

“Very frustrated at some journalists suggesting I said drop Lyon for the Syd test,” Warne tweeted on Tuesday.

“Surely, there’s a responsibility to put in context and report the whole conversation we had on FoxCricket & not just look for a sensational headline & stir the pot. Disappointing but not surprised.”

Warne famously fell out with former captain Steve Waugh when he was dropped for MacGill and Colin Miller to play in spin tandem in the 1999 Frank Worrell Trophy series in the Caribbean.

Lyon adamant he won’t be resting

Swepson’s most likely path to a Baggy Green would be if selectors opted to play two spinners, as they did most recently in Sydney in 2017.

Veteran off-spinner Lyon said he would embrace the chance to play alongside a frontline leg-spinner for the first time in his Test career - but he has no interest in sitting out for the 26-year-old.

"I haven't met any Australian cricketer yet who would like to be rested," Lyon said.

"It's that hard to play Test cricket but it's pretty rewarding as well. Any opportunity you get to play for Australia means the world to us."

Shane Warne chats to Nathan Lyon before a Test match. (Photo by Mark Brake - CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Swepson toured alongside Lyon to India and Bangladesh in 2017, and can now push his claims as the country's No.2 spinner.

He trained with the team in Melbourne, and has taken 12 wickets at 26.58 in the Sheffield Shield this year.

"I had a really good couple of chats with him during the week, just sitting on the boundary there after watching him bowl in the nets," Lyon said.

"I hadn't seen him bowl for a while, but he seems really clear on his plans.

"We just spoke about not changing when he gets the opportunity at the highest level.

"What's worked has obviously got him here so if he gets his opportunity I just said 'stay strong to yourself and back yourself'."

with AAP