Nathan Lyon, an Australian spinner, discussed the series-ending calf injury he suffered at Lord’s during the second Ashes Test. The veteran shown amazing bravery as he braved the England seamers in the team’s second innings while still playing with an injury. This allowed Australia to extend their advantage.
Despite not having Lyon available to bowl on the last day, Australia was still able to prevail. In the third Test at Headingley, Leeds, Todd Murphy took the off-spinner’s position after he was ultimately removed from the series.
During a visit to the Willows Talk podcast, Lyon clarified the cause of the injury. He stated:
I really attempted to convince the umpire, Chris Gaffaney, to relocate the spider-cam shortly before that ball. Then I turned around and watched as (England’s starting pitcher Ben) Duckett played the pull shot and gained a top edge. As I turned around to go, I heard a brief gunshot and felt the ball strike the ground immediately. I immediately realised that my series was over.
He went on:
I immediately felt it in my calf. If I had been able to push off my right foot, I felt sure that I would have caught that catch. I can still picture Uzzie (Usman Khawaja) coming over and asking, “What’s up, you got a cramp?” to which I responded, Nup, I just blew my calf to bits. I spent the following three and a half days sitting in the restrooms once the emotions hit in.
Nathan Lyon became the first bowler to serve in 100 consecutive Test games before disaster struck. He scored eight goals in Australia’s nervy two-goal win in the opening game of the Ashes series.
Aadding some valuable runs to score points in the famed competition.
When asked about the fallout from the notorious Lord’s incident, Nathan Lyon responded “Don’t worry about it, we’re all okay, and we’re not worried about getting sledged”
There will be many things that the second Test at Lord’s will be remembered for but Jonny Bairstow’s contentious dismissal.
The response of the England supporters may steal the show.
The local audience was furious with the Australian team, and Usman Khawaja was even challenged in the venue’s famous Long Room.
Lyon recalled a situation where an England supporter saw the images and started crying:
I actually had an older English woman, who was from the main Members’ area. Approach me in tears and say, I’ve had to go home. I just want to apologise to you Australian players for the way everyone has acted inside Lord’s. I just reassured her, saying, don’t worry about it; we’re all fine; we’re not worried about getting sledged.
Following the incident:
The MCC punished three players and increased security was put in place for the third Test at Headingley, Leeds. On Wednesday, July 19, the fourth Ashes Test is set to begin at Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Ground.