The last time Nathan Lyon suffered a cracked callus on his spinning finger in India, it led to a career-best haul of 7-94 in Delhi.
As such Lyon isn’t overly worried about the injury he is nursing ahead of the third Test, which starts in Ranchi on Thursday.
Lyon is expected to be on restricted duties during the squad’s training sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, ensuring his dinged-up digit is given the best possible chance to recover.
The offspinner grabbed a record-breaking haul of 8-50 in the first innings of the second Test, but failed to conjure a single wicket as India seized control of the clash in their second dig. The hosts went on to level the series with a 75-run win.
Bowling coach David Saker noted last week the niggle clearly “impacted the way” Lyon bowled in India’s second innings.
But the tweaker, who needs eight more Test scalps to surpass Richie Benaud’s career haul of 248 wickets, insists he will be ready to turn the ball as per normal in Ranchi.
“I’ve bowled a lot of balls over the summer and it usually happens once or twice a year,” Lyon said of the setback.
“The last time I was here, the same thing happened in the third Test and I was able to play three days later.
“So I’m more than confident in turning out for the next Test.”
Lyon had an extended batting session in the nets on Sunday but didn’t roll the arm over.
The most experienced member of the touring squad isn’t expected to bowl much in the coming days, but team management say he is in no doubt for the third Test.
“It was pretty painful there for a bit. And you can’t bowl with tape on, there’s rules and laws out there,” Lyon said, having repeatedly scuttled off the field for treatment during India’s second innings in Bangalore.
“I’m able to bowl cross-seam and stuff, so I can still try to spin it.
“But for variations and trying to get drift and drop … it does impede it a little bit.
“But we’ve gone through that now and moved on from the second Test.”
The injury cloud is far from ideal for the tourists, who already have to make two changes to their XI because of series-ending injuries to Mitchell Starc and Mitch Marsh.