The Courier-Mail

Bulls try taming the Lyon

Burns says Queensland have spinner in sights

- RUSSELL GOULD

TEST spinner Nathan Lyon topped the list of wicket-takers this Sheffield Shield season – the first time he has played every one of New South Wales’ matches.

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

“We always try and be very attacking against Gaz (Lyon), and try to put him under pressure,” Burns, who was one of f Lyon’s six wickets when the teams met t just over a week ago, said.

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

“We’ll be aggressive but at the same time it’s five days of cricket, you can bat for long periods of time.”

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, have seen an awful lot of each other up close.

Burns said that his team, with batting experience, would take the most advantage into the match on Thursday.

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

“We’ll pass on our experience to the guys who haven’t played that much against them.”

Burns, who was dropped from the Test team after a Boxing Day Test failure, has only 297 runs from nine innings, with 171 of them coming in one innings against Tasmania.

But he’s taking a “sunny dispositio­n” into the final, looking to win a third title with Queensland, and end a rollercoas­ter, and very long, season on a high.

“It’s part and parcel of the game, you have ups and downs through your career and throughout the season. I try and keep a sunny dispositio­n,” Burns said.

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Test spinner Nathan Lyon has starred for the Blues in their run to the Sheffield Shield final; and (right) Queensland batsman Joe Burns. Pictures: Getty Images
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