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Lyon dismisses Warne's suggestion to skip third Test for uncapped Swepson
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Lyon dismisses Warne's suggestion to skip third Test for uncapped Swepson

Nathan Lyon has shot down a suggestion from Shane Warne to take a rest for the Sydney Test against New Zealand in order to allow leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson to make his debut.

Australia have already completed a series win over a lacklustre New Zealand side and are eying a clean sweep to further cement their elite standing in the World Test Championship table.

Cricket great Warne has posited the idea of omitting Lyon if selectors aim to persist with a three-pronged pace attack in the next game.

"Just giving Mitchell Swepson a taste of it, giving him a chance, I reckon it will pay dividends in the long run," Warne said.

But Lyon is not too keen to lose his spot in the playing XI at the expense of Swepson and pointed to Warne's leg-spin rival Stuart MacGill, who made sporadic appearances for Australia whenever Warne was injured or faced suspension.

"Did Warnie ever want a rest and give Stuart MacGill a go?" Lyon asked.

"I won't be resting. I haven't met any Australian cricketers that would like to be rested.

"It's that hard playing Test cricket, but it's that rewarding as well so every opportunity you get to play cricket for Australia it means the world to us.

"So I can't imagine Mitch Starc, Pat (Cummins) or Patto (James Pattinson) putting his hand up to say I need a rest."

Swepson was added to Australia's squad in place of Peter Siddle, who had been named as the replacement for the injured Josh Hazlewood.

There is a chance of Australia going with a unique combination of two specialist spinners in the team for Sydney, given how the pitch has behaved across this Sheffield Shield season.

Lyon commented that he would prefer developing a spin bowling partnership with Swepson instead of skipping the third Test.

"Mitch has been bowling brilliantly for Queensland," he said. "He's a great fella to start off with, but he gives it a rip and that's what I really love to see.

"I'm a big fan of Mitch, it's great to see him in and around our squad so he gets his chance and fingers crossed we can have a great combination together."

If Australia are willing to select two spinners and go with three pacers in the line-up, then a middle-order batsman is likely to face the axe.