OF all folks, it needed to be Nathan Lyon who reworked the opening day of the Ashes sequence.
Sure, the identical Nathan Lyon who taunted England earlier than the sport and stated their batsmen had been scared 4 years in the past and a few of them would have their careers completed this time.
The Cowardly Lyon and the Lizard of Oz, as we’ve got known as him.
However he didnt do it along with his off-spin bowling. He did it with an excellent piece of fielding.
James Vince had batted delightfully and just about doubled his earlier highest Check rating when he pushed the ball into the covers.
Lyon swooped, picked up the ball and threw down the stumps with a direct hit.
Vince knew immediately that he was a gonna. He didn’t want the TV replays to verify it.
The Hampshire captain had performed rather well and was dreaming of a century, fairly an effort for a person whose highest rating in seven earlier Checks was simply 42.
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However former England star Kevin Pietersen thinks the batsmen ought to have performed extra to place Lyons below strain on the crease.
KP, Talking on BT Sport stated: “He performed properly, actually properly. It was very calm and managed.
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“The one thing I would say is that Nathan Lyons shouldn’t bowl 24 overs for 40 runs on day one of a test match.
“I know Swanny likes spinners being whacked in the opposition side, and I just think they missed a trick there.
“I would have thought they would have preferred Lyons figures to be 3-70 or 80 not 0-40.”
Tim Paine was perhaps the most relieved man to see the back of Vince because Australia’s recalled wicketkeeper dropped him on 68 off Lyon.
Vince joined Mark Stoneman as early as the third over when Alastair Cook edged Starc into the slips.
Stoneman and Vince have been room-mates in the team apartments on this trip.
And their new friendship was enhanced by a second-wicket stand of 125, spread across 52 overs.
Stoneman is a nuggety left-hander but he has a pleasing natural method.
He was content mainly to defend and perhaps could have shown more intent against Lyon’s bowling, but it was a terrific first overseas Test innings for the Surrey batsman.
He departed for 53 when Pat Cummins, from round the wicket, zipped one through his defences.
When Joe Root was lbw to Cummins on review, England were 163-4 and in danger of subsiding.
England’s captain aimed across the line and the TV replays showed that he was plumb.
Dawid Malan was becalmed against Lyon but Moeen soon slog-swept the spinner for six.
Then Malan punched a couple of crisp boundaries off Cummins.