Sydney, Aug 10 (ANI): Number one Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has said that his confidence was not 'knocked around' and he never doubted his ability despite being overlooked for the first two Ashes Tests in favour of debutant Ashton Agar.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Lyon's Test debut two years ago was seemingly forgotten over the uproar on former Pakistani refugee Fawad Ahmed's citizenship and then-possible inclusion in the series, followed by wonder boy Agar's record-making 98 at Nottingham.
The report further said that the selectors explained to Lyon that Australia's opting for Agar was the right choice as he turned it the other way to England's right-handers in the middle order.
However, Lyon said that even though he was disappointed and hurt at being left out of the squad for Nottingham and Lord's, he accepted the reason behind why he was not playing for which his confidence on his abilities remained intact.
According to Lyon, he was aware of what he needed to do to keep putting his hand up for selection, adding that as he is satisfied with the way he is bowling at the moment, he needs to maintain his current form and keep contributing for his team.
The report further said that Lyon managed to fulfill that promise to some extent on Friday by sweeping through the England middle order to take 4-42 as the hosts fell to 5-155 before finishing 9-238 at stumps on day one of the fourth Test. (ANI)