NZ vs AUS 1st Test: Nathan Lyon Reveals His “Biggest Weapon” Following Day 3 Heroics

Mar2,2024


Australia's Nathan Lyon bowls on the second day of the Test match against New Zealand.© AFP

Australia's veteran spinner Nathan Lyon, after a stellar performance with bat and ball in the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday, revealed that his biggest weapon is the bounce he is able to extract from the surface. Lyon performed brilliantly with the bat after an impressive innings of 41 runs as the nightwatchman. The 36-year-old's efforts with the bat took Australia's score to 164 and helped them post a total of 369 runs. He displayed his skills with the ball and got the important wickets of Tom Latham (8) and Kane Williamson. 9) Kiwis reduced to 111/3 at the end of the third day at Basin Reserve.

On his second ball of the third day, Lyon made a mark by dismissing Latham with a short and wide ball. After the end of the day's play, Lyon talked about his plan to deal with the opposition batsmen.

“My biggest weapon and it's no secret around the world is my bounce. So I'll continue to try and put some overspin on the ball and try to get bounce and try to hit stickers on the bat and help people. Will challenge' the defense at the crease. I have a good understanding of what their plan is going to be. So tonight is a good opportunity for me to reset some goals and reset some plans and we'll go from there, '' Leon said.

Apart from his remarkable craftsmanship with the ball, earlier in the day, Lyon also showed his flexibility with the bat by scoring 41 runs in 46 balls with the help of six fours.

While his innings propelled Australia's scoreboard, the rest of the batsmen failed to make a mark in the second innings. Glenn Phillips dismissed five of Australia's first seven batsmen. Lyon admitted that the batsmen would be disappointed with the way they lost their wickets.

“I dare say that. But I would never criticize our batsmen the way they do because they have been exceptional over the years. But then you have to give credit to the bowlers and that's my big thing thing. Bowlers are meant to bowl really good balls. And getting out is not always the fault of the batsmen and bowlers are allowed to come up with plans and execute them and take wickets. There is no doubt that some There will be disappointment,” Lyon said.

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