Australia’s off-spinner Nathan Lyon has emerged amongst the few to come in support of the Ahmedabad pitch that was used for the pink-ball Test between India and England. With the third Test between the two sides being the shortest Test since World War II, there arose widespread criticism about the track. But Nathan Lyon feels that the entire Test was entertaining throughout.
England got skittled for 112 and 81 in their two innings as India’s spinners and left-arm spinner Axar Patel ran through their batting line-up on both occasions. But the visitors hit back, too as captain Joe Root picked up his maiden five-wicket haul to keep India to 145 in the first innings. Nevertheless, the home side only had 49 to get in the fourth innings and won by ten wickets to spare.
The likes of David Lloyd, Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss, and Michael Vaughan started the pitch’s post-mortem, slamming the curators for preparing an extensively turning deck. On the other hand, a few others reflected on the two-day Test by saying that the deck had no demons as such and that it was an awful batting performance from both sides. As much as 21 out of 30 scalps fell to straighter deliveries from the spinners.
I’m thinking about bringing that curator out to the SCG: Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon hit back at the pitch critics, reminding that when Australia got bowled out for scores of 47 and 60, hardly anyone said a thing. However, when the track starts spinning, everyone begins whining about the same. Nevertheless, the New South Wales cricketer found it entertaining, brilliant, and plans to bring the curator to the Sydney Cricket Ground.
“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. I was up all night watching it. It was absolutely brilliant. I’m thinking about bringing that curator out to the SCG,” Lyon said as quoted by India Today.