“Thinking about bringing curator to SCG”: Nathan Lyon takes a dig at pitch critics; extends support to Ahmedabad pitch

Dixit Bhargav
|Published February 28, 2021

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.

Nathan Lyon extends support to Ahmedabad pitch

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.

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“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.

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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