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Lyon confident of Gabba Midas touch

AAP logoAAP 12/12/2016 Laine Clark

Each year Nathan Lyon knows exactly what to expect in Brisbane.

A bouncy Gabba deck.

Journalists telling him he won't get a game.

And each year Lyon proves the difference on what is supposed to be a fast bowler's paradise.

Suffice to say Lyon couldn't help but have a little chuckle when he was again asked if he was concerned Australia would launch a four-pronged pace attack in this week's day-night first Test against Pakistan.

"I will tell you one thing. This is my sixth Test match (in Brisbane) and every year you guys seem to write that," he said.

"I will leave you guys to write that there are going to be four quicks.

"I am confident of playing, I will put it that way."

And why wouldn't he be?

Brisbane is one of Lyon's favourite Test venues, taking 24 wickets at 23.95 from five Gabba matches from 2011.

"There's usually something in it for the bowlers and if they are good enough they will get something out of it," Lyon said.

"I love playing here just purely for the fact that the bounce you are able to generate as a spinner."

Lyon would have been forgiven for not being so confident of his Test spot not so long ago.

It seemed only a calf injury to left arm spinner Steve O'Keefe ensured Lyon played the recent day-night third Test against South Africa in Adelaide.

And he had to wait 660 first-class deliveries between wickets.

He finally broke his duck with a 1-45 first innings haul against the Proteas.

The monkey finally off his back, Lyon's 3-60 in the second dig helped Australia storm to a morale building seven wicket victory under Adelaide's lights.

"I wasn't concerned about it - I felt like I was bowling well," Lyon said.

"There were a couple of chances that went down here and there but I am never going to sit down and blame someone for missing a chance - that's the way cricket goes.

"But to be able to contribute to a Test match win in Adelaide, that is my biggest thing."

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