Lyon resting up for Ranchi

10 March 2017 09:24:10 EST

Australia are hopeful that a period of rest will help off-spinner Nathan Lyon be back to his best for the crucial third Test match against India in Ranchi.

Lyon was the star of the show in the first innings of the second Test of four, taking a career-best 8-50 as the hosts were shot out for 189 in their first innings.

There's no doubt it impacted the way he bowled, but that's a part of the game.

David Saker

However, he then struggled second time around, ending with 0-82 from 33 overs, clearly being troubled by irritation on his spinning finger as India eventually won the match by 75 runs to level the series at 1-1 with two games to play.

Bowling coach David Saker believes that break between the second and third Tests should help Lyon recover, although he accepts that most bowlers have to put up with a niggle or two along the way.

He told the Aussie media: "There's no doubt it impacted the way he bowled, but that's a part of the game.

"Fast bowlers bowl with bad toes and backs, spin bowlers over time have gone through some finger issues.

"You probably have to deal with it as best you can, but there's no doubt it affects a lot of bowlers. Those little niggles always affect people."

Lyon has already taken more Test wickets for Australia than any other off-spinner - 241 in 65 matches at an average of 33.09.

The 29-year-old, who took a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket, is priced at 2/1 to be top Australia first innings bowler in Ranchi, with left-arm spinner Stephen O'Keefe 5/2 and paceman Josh Hazlewood 7/2.

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