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Lyon keen to mentor Aussie youngsters

AAP logoAAP 26/11/2016 Rob Forsaith

Reports of the end of Nathan Lyon's international career may have been greatly exaggerated, with the offspinner rediscovering his mojo then vowing to help Australia's youngsters learn the ropes in Test cricket.

Lyon's Test career was hanging by a thread after he went wicket-less for some 660 consecutive first-class deliveries.

Lyon snapped that streak with the help of a Matthew Wade stumping on day one of the ongoing day-night Test then returned to form with three wickets in the night session on day three.

Lyon dismissed South Africa's Temba Bavuma and nightwatchman Kyle Abbott in his final two overs on Saturday night, pushing Australia closer to victory in the dead rubber.

The 29-year-old was set to be dropped after the second Test but fellow tweaker Steve O'Keefe's calf injury forced a last-minute rethink.

Lyon, who is the most experienced member of the incumbent XI, vowed to stick around for a lot longer.

"It's a young and exciting team. I've played 60 Test matches now. I've got a massive role in this team," Lyon said.

"It's just about being there in a supporting role and taking a couple of the younger guys under your wing and supporting them.

"I know how hard it is to play Test cricket. If someone in the team can lend that support on and off the field, it's pretty crucial."

Lyon noted he was keen to mentor Matt Renshaw, Nic Maddinson and Peter Handscomb, who all made their debuts in Adelaide.

"Mike Hussey was my mentor in the Australian cricket team when I first came in," he said.

"If I can play a (similar) role with the younger guys coming in, then I'm more than happy to do that. I fee like I'm doing it."

The confidence levels of the former Adeliade Oval groundsman, who shot to fame in 2011 when he made first-class and Test debuts, skyrocketed for a few reasons.

Australia boasted a first-innings lead of 124 runs, giving him more runs to play with, while spin mentor John Davison was at training during the build-up in Adelaide.

"I didn't feel under pressure," Lyon insisted.

"I know on the scorecards there's been no wickets in the columns but I feel like I've been bowling really well and been able to create chances."

Lyon added it had been "great to have" Davison in camp.

"He's someone I trust very highly and work great with. He's one guy that is very handy to have in my corner," Lyon said.

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