Ashes 2017/18: Matt Prior Hits Back at Nathan Lyon for ‘Career-Ending’ Claim
Following the meltdown in the English media, as Ashes 2017-18 is just two days away to kick off in Brisbane, the former England gloveman Matt Prior has vehemently refuted the claims of Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
Lyon stated the ‘scared’ Johannesburg-born batsman was planning to fly back to the United Kingdom when he was the part of the Three Lions squad in 2013-14 series.
“We knew Matt Prior wanted to fly home before the game started and he was one of the senior players. He was scared,” Lyon was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Moreover, Prior, who played 79 Tests for England, laughed out at the comments reiterated by the senior slow bowler in the contemporary cricket for in the Australia.
“I have no idea where this has come from. It’s completely ridiculous and all I can do is laugh. It is wholeheartedly untrue,” Prior added.
The 35-year-old Prior remarked had it been such a case he would have had flown back home when England played under the leadership of Alastair Cook.
“If that was the case and I was scared, why didn’t I go home then?,” Prior said.
Following the unimpressive show with the bat, Prior was dropped after playing first three Tests.
“I stayed out there and what hurt me more was that I was dropped for the last two Tests because I wasn’t playing well,” Prior stated.
Pertinently, the chief architect with the ball was Mitchell Johnson, who claimed 37 wickets in five Tests for Australia when the hosts routed England 5-0.
During his observation, Lyon reminisced Johnson’s pace had further forced England batsman to play right back into the crease when the former got stationed at leg slip.
Lyon had played an integral role with the red-ball for the Kangaroos since he emerged into the international scene against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2011.
“I was at leg slip and I nearly had to push a couple of the guys back towards the stumps. It was good fun,” Lyon recalled.
Lyon, who has been prominent face with the off-spin bowling, stated whole England team struggled and were further scared of speedster Johnson.
“Leading into Perth we knew that they were broken. Seeing Mitchell Johnson scare all the Poms was unbelievable,” Lyon asserted.
As the last Ashes tour had forced England to plug in the loopholes while working hard, subsequently saw them winning the series 3-2 on a home soil.
So much so, Lyon claimed ahead of the WACA Test he was pretty sure the hosts would put an end to the career.
However, Prior reiterated Lyon should focus on the impending home series while adding he would be keenly observing the latter with the ball.
“I hope the first Test goes well for Nathan. I will be watching with interest to see how he goes. I hope he lets his cricket do the talking now,” Prior concluded.
In 69 Tests, Lyon claimed 269 Test for Australia at the average of 31.83. He had claimed 12 five-wicket hauls in 86 five-day fixture.
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In 123 Test innings Prior amassed 4,099 runs at an average of 40.18, as in 18 Test matches against Australia, Prior collected 753 runs at an average of 29.86. He smashed solitary hundred and four fifties in 30 innings against Kangaroos.
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