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Nevill to be Lyon's sounding board in Test

AAP logoAAP 1/11/2016 Rob Forsaith

Offspinner Nathan Lyon won't have to look far for honest advice if things don't go to plan on Thursday, when Australia's three-Test series against South Africa starts at the WACA Ground.

John Davison remains Lyon's mentor but Peter Nevill is his sounding board behinds the stumps at NSW and Australia.

The pair have formed a close bond in recent years and Lyon picks the wicketkeeper's brain at the end of every over.

"He and I are very close off the field as well. It's certainly a very honest and frank conversation, whether we're talking about coffee or talking about cricket," Nevill said.

"He likes to get a lot of feedback from me in regards to not only the pace he is bowling but also how it's looking. Whether he's getting shape or drift.

"If it's not quite clicking for him, some of my feedback might help him make the adjustment he needs to, to be able to perform for us."

Lyon, Australia's most productive Test offspinner with 211 scalps to his name, is renowned for being somewhat of a laidback larrikin.

But the 28-year-old possess one of the greatest cricket brains in the XI according to Nevill.

"He's a character, that's one way to put it. He's an absolute pest in the changeroom but he can switch it on," Nevill said.

"He's very professional with how he approaches his cricket. He gives it as much or more thought than most other players.

"He's very analytical ... he's Australia's best ever finger spinner in Test cricket and there's a reason for that, he works extremely hard."

Lyon has been putting in the hard yard since returning from a fruitless tour of Sri Lanka.

The tweaker debriefed with Davison and acknowledged he must learn some lessons about subcontinent bowling before Australia's tour of India in February.

But Lyon reset his focus during last month's domestic one-day competition - with the help of Nevill - and he can't wait to bowl on pitches with more bounce.

"I was doing a lot of work with Pete Nevill ... I was happy with the way the ball was coming out, I was really confident," Lyon said of his one-day cup campaign, which ended with man-of-the-match honours in the final.

"I'm going back to the way I've been bowling best in Australia for the last 18 to 24 months now.

"We've got six big Test matches ... I'm not going in the nets this afternoon and bowling in subcontinent conditions."

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