Nathan Lyon may be one of the best spinners in the world and an absolutely vital cog in Australian Test Cricket”s wheels but he was hammered recently by David Willey for 34 runs of an over.
After being dominated in the Ashes where England”s fast bowlers were just not as quick as their Australian counterparts to make it a close series, England dominated the One-day series with their newborn approach which is leaving almost everyone behind.
As part of the preparations for the T20 international triangular series versus Australia and NewZealand, England went about preparing for the series with a Prime Minister”s XI vs England game in Manuka Oval Canberra.
Chasing the total of 138, England sent in David Willey in early and when Willey came to confront Lyon for an over, he hit him for five consecutive sixes off 5 balls, and could”ve hit the final ball for six as well and become another batsman to hit six sixes off 6 balls, but managed only a four hence collecting 34 runs off the over.
That was the last over Lyon, who was also captaining the PM’s XI, bowled in the innings.
This is the second time in three months that Lyon has been plundered in limited overs cricket. In October’s JLT One-Day Cup, South Australia’s Alex Ross hit 32 off the off-spinner, hitting four sixes and two fours. Ending perhaps Lyon”s claims of a place in Australia”s limited overs scheme of things to an extent.
— Nikesh Rughani (@NikeshRughani) February 2, 2018
England on the back of this onslaught from Willey went past the PM XI”s 138 with absolute ease.
And set up their prospects of becoming the first team to win a triangular t20 international series win. The tri-nation series in Australia & NewZealand is the first of its kind for the T20I format.