"Gabba 'cracked dust-bowl' pitch perfectly suited for Lyon", says curator

Sydney, Nov. 4 (ANI): Gabba curator Kevin Mitchell has insisted that the Gabba pitch would be no hard task for Australian off spinner Nathan Lyon.

Mitchell has prepared a pitch he predicts will start to deteriorate near the end of the fourth day, and said that he would be staggered if Australia does not pick Lyon in its starting XI.

"Absolutely, the pitch will start to crack and dust up by late day four and certainly on day five. I think you would certainly want to go in with a spinner and that is what history tells you to do as well," News.com.au quoted Mitchell, as saying.

According to the paper, while the Gabba is sometimes regarded as a spinner's graveyard, Shane Warne loved the extra bounce of the Brisbane pitch and took 68 Test wickets at 20.30 in 11 Tests at the Gabba.

Lyon's 4-69 and 3-19 in the Gabba Test last year also shows he could be a handy spin weapon against the Proteas in the first Brisbane Test on November 9, the paper said.

"The pitch will be quick and with plenty of bounce early in the match but I think having a spinner late in the match could be very important," Mitchell said. (ANI)


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