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Over the past few days, the only player singled out for criticism from Australias coach Darren Lehmann and captain Steven Smith has been Nathan Lyon, the touring sides No. 1 spinner. If this seems harsh thats because it probably is - Lyons nine wickets place him second behind Mitchell Starc among Australian bowlers; his 29 runs means hes made only five fewer than Joe Burns and six fewer than Peter Nevill.But the reason for the criticism stems from the fact that Lyons returns are paltry next to those of Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera and Lakshan Sandakan, the Sri Lankan spin trio who have made fools of a highly paid and seemingly well-prepared Australian batting line-up. The struggles of the batsmen have left Lyon and the rest of the bowlers with precious little scoreboard pressure on their side. Lyon, though, did not fall into excuses or the shifting of blame.Weve been outplayed in all areas, Lyon said in Galle. Im not going to stand here and make excuses or blame anyone. Weve been outplayed and youve got to give credit where credits due. Theyve totally outplayed us. Yeah itd be great to bowl with some runs on the board but thats up to Nos. 1 down to 11 to get those runs.Lyon spoke of four issues that have contributed to Australian struggles. First he admitted that he and his slow-bowling partner Jon Holland have failed to challenge Sri Lankas batsmen down the line of the stumps frequently enough. This angle of attack has been responsible for the majority of Australian dismissals, but precious few among the hosts.As spinners, we need to keep hitting the stumps, Lyon said. If you look at their spinners, thats what they do really well, they ask questions off the stumps. If Im being honest enough, I dont think Duck [Holland] and myself probably did that to the best of our ability in the last Test match. Youve got to give credit where credits due. Sri Lanka plays spin really well.They know the conditions really well over here and they played really well and put us under pressure. Weve got to combat that, come the third Test. Its just about Duck and I finding a way how to best go about it in these conditions. Were both open to change I guess. Its different bowling in different conditions over here. Its a learning curve. If we can keep learning over here and improving, thats a big tick for us.Secondly, Lyon acknowledged that the subcontinent method of spin, cutting under the ball on a flatter trajectory, rather than working the fingers up over the top of it in search of over-spin and bounce, was something he and Holland were yet to fully master. Lyon has an outstanding record in Australia where many an Asian spin bowler has struggled, but the reverse is true here.I daresay theres an argument for that, he said. As a spinner, you need to have all different variations. Im comfortable going over the top of the ball and also around it. A lot of their spinners go around it and you get that natural variation with the ball going straight on. Weve put it into play but unfortunately it hasnt come off for us Australian spinners. If we can keep improving, keep learning from our mistakes in the first two Test matches then were going the right way.I have been bowling with a fair few variations where a lot of people arent going to pick up on that. That is a subtle variation in my wrist. So, I think I can probably go a little bit more and experiment a little bit more - I am going down to training today to experiment more of how far my wrist can go underneath it, just to see how the ball reacts. I do believe that we have been doing that but, as I said, they have been playing quite well over here.Thirdly, Lyon spoke about the use of the sweep as a weapon against his off spin. Lyon is himself a prolific user of the sweep shot, something tried by precious few of the touring batsmen. That and the reverse sweep were both glimpsed more often in the second innings in Galle, amid a rash of experimentation that indicated players racking their brains for better solutions.I only sweep because I dont trust my defence, and thats my only scoring shot, Lyon said modestly. But you see the good players of spin, not only here with Sri Lanka, but you look at Younis Khan, Virat Kohli and these guys, they sweep well and they do that to try and out you off your lengths.As a spinner, you need to be patient enough and be willing to be swept - it means you are hitting the right areas, so thats the way I am looking at it. If I can keep putting it there, then hopefully, if I can get a couple of defensive shots out of them, I am in the game with the bat-pads and the slips.Lastly, the issue of economy was confronted, as perhaps the most pressing problem that Lehmann and Smith have laid at Lyons door. A strike rate of a wicket every 44.6 balls is excellent for any spin bowler, but the leaking of 4.14 runs per over has lessened Lyons threat in a low-scoring series to date. Greater pressure needs to be brought to bear, as he acknowledged.Its a challenge for all our bowlers. We dont like going at four an over, one of our goals is to bowl in partnerships and I dont think weve done that well enough, Lyon said. Mitchell Starc was outstanding last game, Josh Hazlewood was brilliant bowling out there as well, but if we can bowl well in partnerships, try to tie down one end, we know theyre going to play some shots.Its that type of cricket, they like to hit the boundaries, so if we can try to cut that down then we bring about more patience and more opportunities around the bat. Nike Air Max Tn 2018 . -- Sergey Tolchinksy scored his second goal of the game 3:56 into overtime as the Sault Ste. Nike Tn Shoes Cheap . Coach Tom Thibodeau says the former MVP will probably start travelling with the team in the next few weeks. Rose tore the meniscus in his right knee at Portland in November and was ruled out for the remainder of the season by the Bulls. http://www.niketnultraplus.com/ . LOUIS -- Roman Polak was celebrating even before Alexander Steen scored the winning goal in Saturdays 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. 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Im going to just look forward to this week.When he was asked whether hed play against the Packers if the Vikings are eliminated from the playoff race before the game, Peterson said, I just said it. Should I answer it a different way?The running back returned from a torn meniscus on Sunday against the Colts, less than three months after hed been injured against the Packers on Sept. 18. He said he felt good enough to come out and play on Sunday, but his return left Peterson with few options to assert himself. The running back gained just 22 yards on six carries in the loss, fumbling at the end of a 13-yard carry in the second quarter. He carried the ball just twice in the second half.It was tough, he said. You look at the scoreboard, down by a couple touchdowns, and the run game is kind of irrelevant at that point. Of course, I dont like being on the sideline, but I have faith in [fellow RBs]?Matt [Asiata] and Jerick [McKinnon]. I just did nott imagine it going this way today.ddddddddddddPetersons fumble came at the end of his longest carry of the season, when Colts safety?Mike Adams forced the ball out as the running back was going down.I remember pushing with my left arm, and as I went down the ball got loose, Peterson said. I dont know if someone hit it out, but it was a poor job by me with ball security.Coach Mike Zimmer said on Sunday he thought Peterson was 100 percent healthy. Asked for his thoughts on Petersons day, Zimmer said, He looked fine. Fumbled the ball.Sources told ESPN last month that Peterson was shooting to return against the Colts or Packers. He returned to practice this week, saying he planned to come back for the Green Bay game, but Peterson and the Vikings pushed forward the timetable after the running back had a solid week of practice.Now Peterson, who said earlier this month it would be pointless to return this season if the Vikings werent in the playoff race, will have to hope for a scenario that keeps the Vikings hopes alive as they head to Lambeau Field on Saturday.I did not imagine that happening [after a 5-0 start], he said. I know how it can go throughout the season; it can switch on you. Unfortunately, that is what has happened to us, but we are just going to continue to fight. There is still opportunity that I am holding on to. 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