Nathan Lyon mocks England’s World Cup win and speaks out on his infamous Ashes fumble
Australia star Nathan Lyon has taken a swipe at England’s World Cup triumph and discussed his infamous Ashes gaffe.
England lifted the men’s World Cup for the first time in history after beating New Zealand in a remarkable final at Lord’s this summer.
The match ended in a tie, as did the super over, but England were handed the trophy courtesy of their superior boundary count.
Australia’s celebrations following the 2-2 draw in the Ashes appeared curious to some but Lyon says England celebrated a draw themselves after winning the World Cup.
‘We went over there knowing everyone was going to hate us, that we were going to have 2,000 Aussies in the crowd and our families, but everyone else hates us and wants to see us lose,’ Lyon told cricket.com.au.
‘To have that adversity and be up against the wall … it meant as a cricket side we had to become tighter and closer and I think we did that, especially during the Ashes.
‘And we were able to come out on top. Even though it’s a 2-2 series and England were telling me I couldn’t celebrate a draw, but they did exactly that during the World Cup.
‘I wanted to make sure we were celebrating that moment.’
Lyon took 20 wickets during the Ashes to help Australia retain the Ashes and says he was content with his performances across the five-match series.
‘I set myself a goal of 20 wickets, hopefully a little bit more,’ the off-spinner added.
‘I took 20 wickets. I was happy with the way I went but think there’s still more room for improvement.
‘You’ve got to give England credit, the way they played me, it was a lot more off the back foot which on those type of wickets where it’s a bit slower, nullified my bounce and pace a bit.’
Lyon also discussed his infamous fumble in the third Ashes Test at Headingley which allowed Ben Stokes to steer England to a remarkable victory.
With the hosts still needing two runs to win, Lyon had the chance to run out No. 11 Jack Leach but fluffed his lines.
He said: ‘The way I look at Headingley: I’ve been part of probably the best ever Test match to be played.
‘I think Ben Stokes was absolutely incredible, and Jack Leach should buy me a carton of beer every year for the rest of his life.
‘We probably should have won that Headingley game a lot earlier than taking it right down to where it went.’