Australia’s talismanic spinner Nathan Lyon is not at all bothered about the taunts from the English crowd. Lyon stated that it all white noise and when they are in the middle, their main focus is to do the best for their team. The off-spinner said that you hear the noise for the first few overs and then its all gone when they are into the game.
Meanwhile, Australia was able to retain the Ashes after they won the fourth Test match at Old Trafford by 185 runs. It was a fine effort from the visitors as they were able to check the right boxes. Nathan Lyon also played his part in the win as he scalped two crucial wickets in the second innings of the Test match.
Australia has retained the Ashes.
“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.
“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”.
Lyon said that they are going to enjoy themselves and they will drink a couple of beers. But he is not sure what the English crowd is going to do after the defeat.
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.”
Lyon said that playing for Australia is an honor for him. The off-spinner has done a fine job for his team and he is delivering the goods for the team.
“I wear my heart on my sleeve, and playing cricket for Australia means everything for me,” said Lyon.
“It’s not about personal success, but I’ve had some family issues over the past – my uncle’s quite sick – so you realise quite quickly it’s just a game. It does impact a lot of people, but mistakes happen.
Nathan Lyon had missed the opportunity to run out Jack Leach in the previous Test match at Leeds, Headingley. Only two runs were needed to win for England and they were able to square the series. In fact, Lyon also had Ben Stokes plumbed in front of the wickets but Joel Wilson gave the decision in favor of the hosts.
“I didn’t mean to drop the run-out or anything like that, but I had him plumb (lbw) next ball. That’s just the game of cricket, you’ve got to pick yourself up and it’s just the way you bounce back.”
The final and fifth Ashes Test match will take place at Kennington Oval, London from 12 September.