Lyon urges not to cry about spinning tracks
Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon is all praise for Ahmedabad pitch, that hosted the D/N third Test between India and England.
The match lasted only two days which saw no scores of more than 150. England made 112, opting to bat first. India’s epic collapse had them packing for 145 with English skipper Joe Root picking 5/8. England returned with 81 all-out before India chased down 49 with ten wickets in hand.
Critics deemed the world’s largest cricket stadium’s pitch to be ‘poor’ on social media.
But Lyon was delighted to witness spinners taking 28 out of the 30 wickets that fell in the match. He urges everyone not to ‘cry about’ spinning tracks when the non-Asian part of the world favours seamers.
“I was up all night watching it. It was absolutely brilliant. I’m thinking about bringing that curator out to the SCG,” he told the Australian Associated Press.
“We play on seaming wickets around the world and get bowled out for 47, 60. Nobody ever says a thing,”
“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’s best Test figures came in India during the 2017 series, where he had claimed 8/50 in Bengaluru.
He will be licking his lips for next year’s tour of India, where Australia will play four Tests alongside three T20Is.
The fourth India-England Test will start from March 4. Australia will be hoping their arch-rivals England win to ensure the former’s berth in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand at Lord’s in June this year.