The second semifinal of the ICC World Cup 2019 will see arch-rivals England and Australia go up against each other on July 11 (Thursday) at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Speaking ahead of the game, Nathan Lyon had said that Australia will once again beat England to progress through to the finals of the tournament. But former English cricketer Graeme Swann has slammed the Lyon saying that this is the worst panic attack.
Swann slams Lyon ahead of the semifinal clash
Australia’s dominating performance at Lord’s, where they beat England by 64 runs in the group stages is still fresh in everyone’s minds. Australia will want to replicate their effort from the group game and march toward their sixth World Cup trophy. The verbal battle has started much before with Nathan Lyon calling out that England is here to lose the World Cup. Australia, meanwhile, suffered their second defeat of the tournament in the last group game against South Africa. They have to do a lot of shuffling with injuries to Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh.
“They have been the No. 1 team for a couple of years now. They should be going into this World Cup as favourites. It’s all on them. It’s their World Cup to lose if you ask me. We have got nothing to lose, only got stuff to gain. That’s the exciting thing about it,” Lyon had said.
However, England’s Test captain Joe Root has rubbished the claims of Nathan Lyon and now former spinner Graeme Swann has dismissed those claims saying that this is one of the worst panic attacks he has ever seen before a semifinal game. Swann also added that Lyon’s comments are a sign of his side under pressure before the all-important match at Edgbaston.
“Nathan Lyon has said England are the team ‘under pressure’ going into this one and that his side will relish their underdog status,’ he told Betfair. ‘Come off it, Nathan. I’m no psychologist but I think that’s the most blatant panic call I’ve ever heard. ‘Nathan is prone to this kind of bluster so pay no attention. When a player says the pressure is on the opposition, it’s a sure sign their own team are feeling the pressure,” Swann added.
In conclusion, Graeme Swann said that England have enjoyed significant success at Edgbaston winning four consecutive matches and they will once again emerge victorious to set up a final date with either India or New Zealand on July 14.