Big job looms for Lyon after Aussies spin out
West Indies captain Darren Sammy dismisses Australian batsman Michael Hussey. Photo: AFP
NATHAN LYON, the lone spinner in Australia's attack, is shaping as Michael Clarke's key bowler as the visitors aim to fight their way back into the third Test after their batsmen struggled against spin on Monday.
After deciding against naming a second spinner, Australia were unhinged by local hero Shane Shillingford, who collected four wickets as the Windies claimed the honours on the opening day.
Lyon rebounded from an ordinary first Test with a five-wicket haul in Port of Spain last week and the Australians will be looking for him to make a similar impact in Dominica, particularly after they left out Michael Beer from the XI in favour of paceman Mitchell Starc.
Destroyer ... Shane Shillingford. Photo: AFP
"He works hard at his game, he knows his game and when he's on he's on. He's a very confident fella and we're looking forward to him out there tomorrow," said David Warner, who made a vital 50.
"I don't think it's a wicket that's going to go up and down like it did in Barbados and Trinidad, I think the spin will come into play, as we saw with Shillingford, and [we have] Nathan Lyon in our [attack] and hopefully me and Michael might get a run as well.
"At the moment we've got to keep searching and put as many runs on the board [as we can] here especially and try our quicks up front, and hopefully Gazza how he's been going, hopefully he can get a couple wickets as well."
Crucical runs ... Mitchell Starc stayed with Matthew Wade. Photo: AP
The Australians, 7-212 at stumps, are aiming for a first-innings total in excess of 250 in the tricky conditions.
Shillingford was able to extract sharp turn and bounce from the Windsor Park pitch which should only be more conducive to spin as the match progresses.
Warner said he found the tall Dominican product more potent from the Pavilion End where he bowled unchanged during the afternoon.
"I found at the bottom end where he bowled first I didn't think he could get me out unless I played a high-risk shot," Warner said.
Australian batsman David Warner battled for 136 balls to reach 50 before holing out off Shillingford. Photo: AFP
"Then when he came from the other end [Pavilion End] there was a little bit of grab and a bit of bounce, which resulted in a couple of wickets there.
"And I think he's bowling well, he's bowled well the last two Tests. We've just got to work out how to play him and how to score off him."
Shillingford, in line to become the third member of his family to have a stand named after him at the venue, said he was surprised by the amount of bounce he found from the day-one strip.
"But I thought the wicket played well. There's no devils in the wicket," the spinner said.
"It carried right through the pace bowlers and the bounce and everything was consistent. The main thing was no ball ever kept low and then one would keep up. [I] thought it played well."