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Bulls to target GOAT attack in Shield final

- RUSSELL GOULD

TEST spinner Nathan Lyon took more wickets than anyone this Sheffield Shield season, which was the first time he’d ever played every game for NSW.

But Queensland opener Joe Burns has put Lyon, who took 39 wickets, in the gun ahead of the final showdown at Allan Border Field, declaring his teammates will go all out attack in a bid to blunt the best finger-spinner Australia has ever produced

“We always try and be very attacking against Gaz (Lyon) and try to put him under pressure,” Burns, who was one of Lyon’s six wickets when the teams met just over a week ago, said yesterday.

“It’s a tough place to bowl spin out here, it’s a small field and generally not a great wicket for spin bowlers.

The NSW attack, which also features Test quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, boasts 872 Test wickets.

The Queensland batting line-up, with run-machine Marnus Labuschagn­e, Burns and Usman Khawaja, has scored 18 Test centuries.

It sets the stage for an epic contest between players, who with copious net sessions on Test tours and in domestic contests over the past decade, have seen an awful lot of each other up close.

Burns said his team, with its batting experience, has the edge going into the match.

“From a batter’s perspectiv­e, you get a lot more out of facing bowlers over and over rather than the bowlers bowling to the same batters,” he said.

“We’ll pass on our experience to the guys who haven’t played much against them, it gives us a big advantage.”

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