Ashes 2019: Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon dismisses taunts from Old Trafford crowd as 'good banter'

Lyon missed an easy run-out chance to dismiss England number 11 batsman Jack Leach as the hosts completed a famous one-wicket win in the third test to level the series at 1-1

Reuters, Sep 09, 2019 17:03:42 IST

The Manchester crowd did everything to remind Nathan Lyon of his fumbled run-out in the dying moments of England’s frenetic Ashes test win at Headingley but for the Australian off-spinner it was just “white noise” after the first couple of overs.

Ashes 2019: Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon dismisses taunts from Old Trafford crowd as good banter

File image of Nathan Lyon. Reuters

Lyon missed an easy run-out chance to dismiss England number 11 batsman Jack Leach as the hosts completed a famous one-wicket win in the third test to level the series at 1-1.

The off-spinner was taunted during the fourth test in Manchester by the vociferous home crowd, who ironically cheered him every time he came on to bowl.

Lyon said he enjoyed the “good banter”.

“To be honest with you, you hear it for the first over or two then it just becomes white noise,” he told reporters on Sunday after Australia retained the Ashes by beating England at Old Trafford to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

“When you’re a professional sportsman, your job is to come out and bowl well, and compete against whoever you’re playing. I didn’t really feel it or hear it at the back end (of the match), so it doesn’t worry me. We’re sitting up there and we’re going to have a couple of beers tonight and celebrate because the urn is coming home. I’m not sure what the 9,000 people in that stand are doing tonight,” he added.

Lyon had Headingley hero Ben Stokes plumb lbw after the missed run-out chance but Australia had used up their reviews to challenge the umpire’s not out verdict.

The 31-year-old laid on the ground as England completed their win and appeared inconsolable before captain Tim Paine literally picked him up off the turf.

Lyon said he was devastated.

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Updated Date: Sep 09, 2019 17:03:42 IST






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