Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon is confident that a sore spinning finger will not impact his performance in the remaining Test matches in India.
Lyon ended the India second innings in Bangalore in visible discomfort as his spinning finger split open, something the tweaker has become accustomed to throughout his career.
There is a considerable amount of ‘wear and tear’ on the finger used to generate revolutions on the ball as the seam of the ball rubs against it.
ESPN Cricinfo quote Lyon as saying: “I’ve bowled a lot of balls over the summer and it usually happens once or twice a year.
“The last time I was here, the same thing happened in the third Test and I was able to play three days later. So I’m more than confident in turning out for the next Test, depending on selection I guess.
“It’s just one of those things. It just split. It was pretty painful there for a bit. And you can’t bowl on tape – there’s rules and laws out there that you can’t bowl on tape. So I wasn’t even considering that. There was a little sharp bit on the quarter seam and I just caught it, catching a couple of times. It just split. There’s no rocket science to it. I had a split finger. That’s it.
“Yeah it hurts a lot. I’m able to bowl cross-seam and stuff, so I can still try to spin it, but for variations and trying to get drift and drop and stuff – two go at the back of the ball – the way I bowl. It does impede it a little bit, but we’ve gone through that now and moved on from the second Test and now I’m just looking forward to Ranchi.”