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Spinners Lyon, Beer under pressure to lead Oz to victory against Windies

April 16, 2012 - Melbourne

Both Australian spinners Nathan Lyon and Michael Beer are under pressure to lead their side to victory in the second Test against the West Indies.

The pair is expected to launch an attack on the West Indies batsmen after Shane Shillingford and Narsingh Deonarine extracted enough turn from the Queen's Park Oval pitch to worry Australian batsmen on the opening day.

The wicket is set to deteriorate further as the Test goes on and is expected to offer more assistance to the slow bowlers.

"It also works out well that playing two spinners in these conditions is going to be very important. This wicket is quite similar in many ways to some Indian wickets that I have batted on so it's only going to get worse," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Australian vice captain Shane Watson, as saying

"The foot marks are only going to dust up and get worse so it was a perfect opportunity to play two spinners and see how they [the West Indies] are able to handle it. It's only going to get slower, it's only going to turn more," he added.

Lyon and Beer have seldom led their sides to victory at state or international level.

Lyon was named Man of the Match in his debut Test against Sri Lanka in September, but has since played only a supporting role to Australia's in-form pacemen.

Left-arm spinner Beer, better known for his defensive skills, claimed his maiden first-class five-wicket haul earlier this year and has only a modest first-class average of just under 40.


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