Slow down Mr Lyon, you move too fast

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    Australia's David Warner consoles his distraught team mate Nathan Lyon after he lost his wicket giving New Zealand victory(AAP Image/Dale Cumming)

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    Nathan Lyon bowls his overs like he has had 35 red bulls – walking briskly back to his mark, performing a quick pirouette and running back in to bowl another ball with seemingly little thought or real intent.

    Shane Warne, even when having a rare bad day, put thought into and processed every delivery before coming into bowl. He walked slowly back to his mark, sometimes checking his field before slowly turning around, pausing again to gather himself and then ambled into the crease once again.

    Lyon’s bowling speeds are also way too fast, consistently around the 87/90km/h mark, which eliminates any chance of loop, flight, drift or spin he might be able to get if he was to bowl 5-10km/h slower.

    In the face of the first Test MS Dhoni massacre a couple of days ago, Lyon did very little to interrupt the immense momentum of the match-changing innings.

    There were no variations in speed, no long pauses between deliveries – which might have annoyed or distracted Dhoni – generally nothing to disrupt Dhoni’s rhythm or put him off his game.

    I will never be Nathan Lyon’s number one fan – Australia should have persisted with Jason Krejza for a while longer than they did – nor do I expect Nathan Lyon to emulate the feats of Warne.

    However, the before mentioned attributes can so easily be emulated and fashioned into Lyon’s game, as it is nothing technical or ability based.

    Surely all it would take is a tap on the shoulder from one of the Australian brains trust, on the field or off, and say, “Slow down, mate.”

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    • Roar Guru

      February 28th 2013 @ 6:51am
      Sam Brown said | February 28th 2013 @ 6:51am | ! Report

      I agree completely, at its heart spin bowling is like playing poker: you have to use all your skills and guile to bluff your opponent into making a mistake and misjudging your next move. Lyon isn’t a bad bowler, technically speaking, but he doesn’t keep his opponents guessing enough.

      • Roar Rookie

        February 28th 2013 @ 10:05pm
        tra said | February 28th 2013 @ 10:05pm | ! Report

        This is misdirected – Clarke’s biggest flaw as captain is his management of the over-rate, Lyon is unlikely to get the “slow down mate” from the bloke who’s saying “speed up mate”.

    • February 28th 2013 @ 8:45am
      Frankie Hughes said | February 28th 2013 @ 8:45am | ! Report

      To bowl slowly you have to have heart and belief.

      Lyon lacks both of these.

      A few seasons playing of South Australia and he might improve.

      I wouldn’t hold my breath though, as he’s got a pretty limited skill set.

    • Roar Guru

      February 28th 2013 @ 8:55am
      langou said | February 28th 2013 @ 8:55am | ! Report

      My man Lyon is going to come out swinging this Test Match

      I predict a 5 wicket haul providing he has a back up spinner to help

      • February 28th 2013 @ 10:30am
        Frankie Hughes said | February 28th 2013 @ 10:30am | ! Report

        You want to put money on that?

      • February 28th 2013 @ 12:16pm
        jameswm said | February 28th 2013 @ 12:16pm | ! Report

        5 wickets – but at what cost? 5 for 300 off 70?

    • February 28th 2013 @ 11:38am
      Timmuh said | February 28th 2013 @ 11:38am | ! Report

      I don’t have a problem with his pace, either of the ball or in getting through his overs.
      If his stock ball is a faster one, which he seems most comfortable with, then fine. I do believe he needs to bowl a slower more flighted one more often though, it just need to be the stock delivery.

      As for the time between deliveries, it is almost irrelevant. If he has a plan in mind for each batsman, and that may be lacking, he presumably already knows what he wants to do the moment he knows which batsman will be taking strike. If he doesn’t have a plan in mind, then taking extra ti,me each ball won’t help much. Different people have different habits, so be it.

      I take the point that sometimes it might be useful to change it a bit. If a given batsman seems to have a preference for facing up quickly; making him wait could give a minor advantage.

    • February 28th 2013 @ 11:45am
      The Gospel of Luke said | February 28th 2013 @ 11:45am | ! Report

      The problem is not his flight, pace, bounce or ability to turn the ball, it’s his accuracy and the length that he bowls.

      If you look at the best spinners in the world and of all time. They didn’t exactly bowl an unplayable ball every ball to get their wickets. It would come from sustained pressure on the batsmen who would eventually lose their heads and play a silly shot to a good ball.

      Take Graeme Swann for example. He always lands the ball just in that area where the batsmen can’t quite get forward and drive the ball on the half volley but also can’t quite get back and cut/pull as it’s too full. The result is he has batsmen playing from the crease alot more than other bowlers which is how he takes alot of his wickets.

      That’s is what Lyon needs to do imo as atm he bowls too many deliveries either too short or two full allowing the batsmen to use the crease. He still may develop that side of his game as he is young. Maybe we should allow him to go back and develop in the Sheffield Shield for a season or two (away from the glaring media eye) and bring in this Ahmed from Victoria.

      • February 28th 2013 @ 4:35pm
        DJW said | February 28th 2013 @ 4:35pm | ! Report

        Great points, I agree, his length was all over the place in that first test.

        I still think though he has lost his flight as well though from bowling quicker.

      • February 28th 2013 @ 11:17pm
        Felix said | February 28th 2013 @ 11:17pm | ! Report

        I can’t argue with what you’re saying too much, though if I was to pick at nits I would suggest it’s more about how the ball arrives to the correct length that creates doubt. If two consecutive balls land on a good length, one flighted with late drop and a bit of turn and the other darted low that goes straight on you have planted the seed. Lyon just doesn’t seem to have that in him consistently, but he is here and now so let’s pray he takes 8 for in the next match.

    • Roar Guru

      February 28th 2013 @ 11:54am
      mds1970 said | February 28th 2013 @ 11:54am | ! Report

      In an era when over rates are so slow that, even with half an hour added to the end, teams rarely complete 90 overs in a day – to see someone make an effort to quickly get through their overs and keep the game moving is a breath of fresh air.

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