Sydney, June 24 (IANS) Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon feels the series against India is one of the most high-profile encounters in world cricket presently and he went on to the extent of putting it at same level, in terms of intensity, as that of the Ashes.
India are currently scheduled to travel Down Under for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy later this year. The four Tests will played at Gabba, Adelaide Oval (Day-night Test), MCG and the SCG respectively, starting December 3.
The last time India toured the country, they ended up winning their first-ever Test series, recording a thrilling 2-1 victory. Lyon stated the hosts are eager for India to return this summer.
"You definitely don't like losing games or series while playing for Australia. Obviously, India, a couple of years ago, they outplayed us so we are looking to have those guys come out here," Lyon told reporters in a video uploaded on cricket.com.au Facebook page.
"It's getting up there to the pinnacle series alongside Ashes. Obviously, they have got a side full of superstars and it's going to be an amazing challenge this summer when they get out here."
Lyon also stated that he will be keeping a close eye on proceedings when England lock horns against West Indies at home next month. The thee-Test series will mark the resumption of cricket which was suspended in March due to coronavirus pandemic
"I'll try and watch different players and see how they go about their business. I'm looking forward to seeing some cricket being played, I'm starting to get the itch back now, it's pretty exciting," Lyon said.
"Well you're not allowed to put saliva on the ball so I think spinners might open the bowling," he joked. "That'd be a little bit interesting."