Nathan Lyon: The Australian spinner has slammed critics of the pitch for the recently concluded Test match between India and England.
Veteran Australia spinner Nathan Lyon seems to have enjoyed the recently concluded pink-ball Test match between India and England to the extent that he followed the two-day contest while compromising with his sleep.
The match has, however, received extreme reactions from the global cricketing fraternity especially regarding the pitch which had a minimal role for fast bowlers and powered the spinners to finish a five-day contest in just over five sessions.
Perplexed by England playing four fast-bowling options including three specialist seamers, Lyon appears to have not found much sense in the visitors’ team combination. Defending the pitch curator, Lyon opened up on bringing him to Sydney to prepare a similar pitch in Australia.
“The best thing about this Test match that just passed is that England went in with four seamers. That will do me. I don’t need to say any more. I was up all night watching it. It was absolutely brilliant. I’m thinking about bringing that curator out to the SCG,” Lyon was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
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It was as recent as yesterday that India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was in no mood to hear criticism about the pitch during a press conference. Ashwin’s stern remarks came after a series of tweets posted by him with respect to the same on the day before yesterday.
Lyon, who has picked a majority of his 399 Test wickets on non-supportive wickets down under, opined on similar lines such as Ashwin highlighting how pitches never get criticized when batting teams collapse against fast bowlers on grassy pitches.
The earth spins, so can the people living here😂
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) February 26, 2021
“We play on seaming wickets around the world and get bowled out for 47, 60. Nobody ever says a thing [about the pitch]. But as soon as it starts spinning, everyone in the world seems to start crying about it. I don’t get it. I’m all for it, it was entertaining,” Lyon added.