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Tom Hartley eager to work with Nathan Lyon: He’s someone I want to replicate

England’s Tom Hartley is hoping that the time that he will get to spend with Nathan Lyon will be a game-changer for him as both men are set to linkup at Lanchashire during the county championship this year.

Lyon has established himself as one of the world’s best spinners at the moment and played a big role in Australia’s Test win over New Zealand in Wellington. The spinner picked up a 10-wicket haul during the match as the Aussies continued their fine run over their Trans-Tasman rivals in the longest format of the game.

Speaking to the BBC, Hartley said that Lyon is someone he wants to try and replicate and also expressed his admiration at how the off-spinner operates on flat decks in Australia.

“He’s someone I want to try to replicate. To be an international cricketer you have to able to perform in different conditions and Nathan is a guy that can really help me. I hope he’s going to be fantastic for me and be a real game-changer. The type of bowler he is something I’m trying to work on. The way he operates in Australia on pretty flat wickets, there are times when English wickets are pretty similar. He’s going to be great to learn off,” said Hartley.

Coming to India has made believe I can perform at this level: Hartley

Hartley has enjoyed a fruitful run with the England side during the tour of India after a successful start to life during the Hyderabad Test. The left-arm spinner currently is at the top of the wicket-takers list in the series with 20 scalps to his name and has also been handy with the bat for England lower down the order.

Hartley said that coming to India has made him believe that he has the talent to perform at the highest level.

“I’d not really played a whole lot of red-ball cricket, but coming here has made me believe that I do have a talent for this and I can perform at this level. When I go out on the field I’m really trying, believing and thinking that I can do well. It’s not just a case of bowling and hoping the batter chips one up, or trying to go at two or three an over. It’s been a complete change of mindset,” said Hartley.

India and England will lock horns in the final Test in Dharamshala from March 7.

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Mar 5, 2024

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