The Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Queensland was delayed for half an hour due to a fire alarm going off at the Stuart Law stand. All the players from both sides, the scorers and the media persons were housed there, and the whole stand had to be evacuated due to a mishap. The on-field umpires had no option but to suspend play. However, it later turned out that the incident had a somewhat comical twist to it.
Premier Australian spinner Nathan Lyon who plays from the New South Wales revealed later that the alarm went off because of his several attempts at preparing a toast.
“(The toast) popped up first and I wasn’t happy so I put it back down and I got carried away watching the cricket,” Lyon said. The burnt toast set off the alarm. “There’s a first for everything. I was getting a bit bored in the changerooms. Steve Smith already said he’s going to cover it (the fire truck call-out fee).”
However, the incident didn’t stop New South Wales from registering a victory. Former Aussie legend Matthew Hayden went on to release a cooking book since hanging up his boots from international cricket. Though it doesn’t look Lyon would follow the same footsteps of Hayden, but without a doubt, it seems that he would be one of the chief tormentors for England in the upcoming Ashes scheduled to begin in a week’s time.
Meanwhile, former English spinner Graeme Swann said that the England team have to something similar to the one played Down Under in 2010-11 where England recorded a sensational 3-1 victory. During that infamous series, England registered a dramatic comeback in the opening Test in Gabba from a precarious situation and secured a draw. They went on to win 3 out of the four remaining matches, all by an innings to create history.
Swann stated that England must silence the crowd with their positive display in the opening Test which will set the tone for the remainder of the series.