Former Test spinner Nathan Hauritz believes Nathan Lyon is being weighed down by external pressures as India turns up the heat, branding the offie Australia's weakest link.
While Australia's pace men are sure to face some torrid spells, the Indians have discussed using their mastery of sub-continental spin conditions to attack Lyon in the first Test starting on Friday to set the tone for the series, News.com.au reports.
It was a tactic they employed successfully on Australia's last Test tour of India in 2010, when Lyon's predecessor Hauritz claimed only six wickets at 65 in a series that ultimately led to his axing, the paper said.
Hauritz is determined Lyon should not walk a similar path to oblivion, and hopes the 25-year-old does not allow incessant input to confuse his mental approach.
Hauritz said the hardest part for Lyon is a lot of the external pressures, and people always talking about him, adding when he first started in Test cricket, he noticed Lyon bowled a bit wider and spun it more, but now people are saying he needs to be closer to the stumps, but he doesn't seem to spin it as much when he does that.
Hauritz added Lyon is accurate and very good at what he does, but from experience everyone seems to have advice for him and he tries to take it on board.
Lyon claimed 3-69 and 2-113 in two warm-up matches, although he was out bowled in the second fixture by Xavier Doherty (3-108), the paper reported.
Hauritz also warned Lyon to expect an early barrage from an Indian top order that would punish any loose deliveries. (ANI)