Australian media hail Nathan Lyon

Aug 11, 2013, 02:00 IST | AFP

Forgotten spinner Nathan Lyon was hailed by Australia's cricket writers on Saturday after bowling the visitors into a strong position on the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test against England.

Lyon took four wickets as England collapsed to 238 for nine at stumps at Durham’s Chester-le-Street ground on Friday.

Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon

Off-spinner Lyon, controversially left out of the first two Ashes Tests in favour of teenager Ashton Agar despite taking nine wickets in New Delhi in March, had figures of four wickets for 42 runs in 20 overs.

“Lyon’s Ashes moment finally arrived at Durham, too late to save the urn, sadly, but perhaps just in time to help Australia level the series,” The Australian’s Wayne Smith said.

The Daily Telegraph’s Malcolm Conn said Lyon had described himself as the “hunted” and understood he will always be under pressure to keep his Test place.

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