Lyon praises Babar as Pakistan’s No.1 batter ahead of three-match Test series

Babar Azam scores his 19th ODI Century
Babar Azam (image: PCB)

The Australia Star Spinner Lathan Lyon praised the former Pakistan Skipper as one of the best batters in the World.

Lyon praises Babar as Pakistan’s No.1 batter

The Pakistan Cricket Team is currently in Australia to play a three-match Test series starting on December 14. Pakistan will be playing in the Test series after their World Cup campaign. On this occasion, the Off-spinner Nathan Lyon was looking forward to the “big challenge” of facing Pakistan’s No.1 batter.

The bowler is excited about bowling against star Babar Azam, who has an average of 44.38 in 10 Tests against Australia, which includes his stunning 196 runs in Karachi last year. Lyon dismissed Babar at a crucial time in the finals.

Babar has been dismissed five times by the spinner Lyon since 2016 where he scored only 43 runs against the Australian spinner. Babar scored 97 and 101 runs on their last trip to Australia in 2019-2020. On the other hand, Australia claimed their sixth title after defeating India in the World Cup finals.

While speaking in the media, Lyon praised the Pakistan batter saying, “Babar, firstly, has been a pleasure to play against but he’s also been a massive challenge,” Lyon said.

“He’s one of the best batters in the world in my eyes, especially against spin. He’s a class player. But think he’s a class player against all types of bowling,” he added.

Lyon will be playing his first test after being ruled out from the Ashes series owing to injury. He whooped 496 test wickets and only four wickets away from 500 Test wickets. If he reaches 500 wickets, he will be the third Australian player and eighth overall to reach 500.

“They’ve got some superstars in the side, and if I’m talking superstars he’s the No. 1 in the Pakistan side in my eyes. He played reasonably well out here last time so it’s going to be a big challenge for us for sure,” he said.

Lyon has been successful in the Optus stadium as he dismissed 22 wickets in three matches, but he is looking forward to face a challenge against Pakistan, especially Babar Azam who he thinks is the most challenging.

“The hunger level for playing Test matches is probably higher than ever if I’m being honest,” he said.

“I’m proper excited about it. Love playing in Perth at Optus Stadium. It’s going to be a challenge against Pakistan, so it’s going to be an exciting battle,” he concluded.

Lyon has one more outing on his schedule before facing Pakistan on December 14 at Optus Stadium.