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Lyon keen to take a swag of wickets again at the Gabba

While it's known as a paceman's paradise that is sure to put fear in the minds of top-order batsmen, the prospect of Test cricket at the Gabba has Nathan Lyon's spin fingers twitching.

Lyon made the most of his inaugural visit to the Brisbane venue in last summer's first Test against New Zealand, taking seven wickets in the match to play a key role in Australia's nine-wicket win.

The off-spinner's success emphasised that victory at the Gabba is not just about humid conditions and unleashing a team's fast bowlers.

Shane Warne always loved bowling at the Gabba and his record of 68 wickets at 20.30 in 11 Tests made it his most successful venue, statistically, in Australia.

Debate continues over whether Lyon will get to play in the first Test against South Africa starting on Friday as Australian selectors reportedly consider a four-man pace attack, but the 24-year-old tweaker would be disappointed to miss out on a Gabba Test.

''It was great to bowl out here [last year],'' Lyon said on Tuesday. ''I really enjoyed it and it was great to take seven wickets. I love it because you get great bounce and if it's a bit tacky early in the game it spins a bit and then later on it spins even more.


''I'm just really looking forward to the opportunity come Friday.''

Lyon had limited opportunities to warm up for the Test during South Australia's Sheffield Shield win over Tasmania on a Hobart green top last week but says he is more than ready to tackle the Proteas, the world's No.1 side.

''I didn't bowl in the game but I went to the ground early in the morning and bowled at lunchtime, bowled at tea time and bowled during our batting innings,'' he said.

''I probably bowled more overs than I would've anyway.''