Australia spinner Nathan Lyon said on Wednesday he was proud to be involved in the team’s first tour of Pakistan in 24 years and hoped for a 3-0 Test series win to make the trip even more memorable.
Australia completed a 4-0 Ashes series victory over England earlier this year and while they face vastly different conditions in Pakistan Lyon said the goal was to win every match.
“My mindset is every game we go into, we will look to win, not draw or lose. My mindset is to win 3-0 in Pakistan,” Lyon told reporters ahead of the first Test, which begins on Friday in Rawalpindi.
Major teams have shunned Pakistan since an at-tack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009 that killed six policemen and two civilians but inter-national sides have recently started touring the country again.
“Pakistan haven’t had the opportunity to have a lot of international cricket here over a number of years so to be able to be the first Australian team to come here to play…it’s a pretty proud moment,” Lyon said.
Six best players to watch out in Pakistan-Australia series “We’ve spoken as a group about how big it is for the people of Pakistan to see the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cum-mins and Marnus Labuschagne…these guys are proud to come out here and play to be role models.—APP