Sydney, Dec. 20 (ANI): Former Test leg-spinner Stuart MacGill joined the critics' bandwagon for Nathan Lyon, who claims the Australian is 'rushing through' and is losing control over his spinning skills.
Lyon failed to make a breakthrough in Sri Lanka's second innings of the first Test in Hobart this week on a wearing pitch as pacemen Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and Shane Watson claimed the 10 wickets to fall.
"He's bowling too fast and too straight. Not just his deliveries are too fast but his overs are too fast. He's rushing through," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted MacGill, as saying.
According to the paper, the 25-year-old off-spinner Lyon's record in 17 Tests features 56 wickets at 31.92. He has conceded 2.80 runs an over.
However, captain Michael Clarke backed his teammate and said he was confident that a bag of wickets is not far away for Lyon.
"He complements our attack really well, and I think you're going to see days where he comes out and takes five wickets, and you're going to see days where he can tie up an end and bowl plenty of dot balls to help the quicks take their wickets," Clarke said.
"I don't think we can have the expectation on any player to walk out and perform every single time," he added. (ANI)