Nathan Lyon wants to consult Ravichandran Ashwin after the T20 series between India and Australia, so that the former can improve his bowling and push his case for selection into the Australia squad for the ICC World T20 2016.
Ashwin is currently considered one of the best spinners, if not the best, in the world and is a part of India's squad which is touring Australia.
Lyon, who is a regular for the Aussies in Test cricket, is yet to make his debut in the T20 format, while he has played only eight ODIs so far. Lyon was called up for the remaining two ODIs and the three T20s against India, as the selectors could not overlook his performances for Sydney Sixers in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL).
"If the opportunity comes up at the end of the T20 series that I can sit down and have a chat with Ashwin, I'm definitely up for it. I watch his bowling quite closely, especially when he's bowling back home, so trying to forever learn off every spinner going around, and if I can keep improving, keep getting better, that's my goal," cricketcountry.com quoted Lyon as saying to Espncricinfo.
The Aussie off-spinner wants to push his case for selection in the ICC World T20 2016, which will be held in India in March. With spin expected to be a major factor in the subcontinent wickets, Lyon feels Ashwin's advice will help him improve his bowling and with it increase his chance of getting in to the Australia team.
"Ashwin and [Ravindra] Jadeja are world-class spinners. Coming out to Australia it's a hard place to bowl spin, but I definitely think the Indian spin bowling stocks are up there," Lyon added.
Lyon is gearing up for the remaining two ODIs and the T20 series and is eager to give his best and prove his worth to the selectors. "I've got an opportunity now and I've got to perform," the off-spinner added. "I'm very grateful to the selectors who've given me that opportunity."