Nathan Lyon: Australian Rivalry With Team India Is Right Up There With The Ashes

Nathan Lyon: Australian Rivalry With Team India Is Right Up There With The Ashes

Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon and Virat Kohli. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Australian off-spinner, Nathan Lyon has claimed that Australia’s rivalry with team India is nothing short of the Ashes. Nathan Lyon’s comments show how team India has emerged as world-beaters in international cricket and giant teams like Australia always count them as one of the most threatening oppositions.

The Ashes is one of the greatest cricket rivalries that witness England and Australia shed their blood and sweat on the field to register an Ashes win. The Ashes is one of the oldest and most popular sporting rivalries in the global sporting hemisphere as it garners the attention of the entire world watching the two teams collide.

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Now, Nathan Lyon has compared the Indian rivalry to the Ashes and made a bold claim stating that competing with team India is also in the same parlance as competing in the Ashes.

Nathan Lyon Opens Up On Rivalry With Team India

“You definitely don’t like losing games or series while playing for Australia. Obviously, India, a couple of years ago, they outplayed us. So we are looking to have those guys come out here,” Lyon told reporters in a video on Cricket Australia’s Facebook page.

Nathan Lyon, Virat Kohli, India tour of Australia
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“It’s getting up there to the pinnacle series alongside Ashes. Obviously, they have got a side full of superstars and it”s going to be an amazing challenge this summer when they get out here.” Lyon was part of the Australian Test side that lost 1-2 to India in the 2018-19 home series.

Team India To Tour Australia Later This Year

India’s tour will begin with a T20 International match on October 11 at Brisbane. The other two T20I matches will be played on October 14 (Canberra) and October 17 (Adelaide). The four-match Test series begins on December 3 at Brisbane.

Virat Kohli, Shane Warne, Steven Smith
Virat Kohli and Steven Smith (Image Credit: Google)

India are then scheduled to play a day/night Test from December 11 to 15 in Adelaide. The third and fourth Tests will be held in Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 3 to 7). The ODI series is scheduled to begin on January 12 in Perth, followed by matches on January 15 (Melbourne) and January 17 (Sydney).

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