Nathan Lyon slams Kevin Pietersen concussion commentary

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Nathan Lyon has slammed Kevin Pietersen feedback suggesting Australia would profit from him being hit within the head whereas batting so he could possibly be subbed out of the sport.

A wounded Lyon offered the enduring second of this Ashes collection on Saturday, batting with a badly injured calf to assist Australia add 15 runs for the ultimate wicket at Lord’s.

Such was Lyon’s state, the 35-year-old needed to hobble down the steps of the Lord’s Pavilion one wicket early to make sure he was not timed-out, earlier than sitting with the gang till batting.

Nonetheless needing crutches to maneuver correctly, the 35-year-old then limped onto the sector with out them, used his bat as a strolling stick and even hopped a single as soon as within the center.

The trouble gained him a standing ovation from Lord’s and even a chant of his nickname Garry from sections of the gang after he hit a 4 to assist Australia set England a fourth-innings goal of 371.

England went to stumps at 4-114 in pursuit.

The choice for Lyon to bat was met with questions in commentary on whether or not Australia had received determined for runs by risking any additional damage.

Pietersen additionally questioned on Sky Sports activities what would occur if Lyon was hit on the top and concussed amid England’s bumper barrage, permitting for a concussion substitute.

“Think about if he (Lyon) had been hit on the top and received concussion,” Pietersen mentioned.

“He’d have gotten a like-for-like substitute and a world class spinner (Murphy), based mostly on how he carried out in India, it offers meals for thought.”

Lyon is known to have heard of the Pietersen feedback and hit out at them after play, given the Australian crew’s trauma following Phillip Hughes’ 2014 demise.

“I’ve heard feedback that folks thought I went on the market to get hit within the head,” Lyon mentioned.

“I’m actually in opposition to that as a result of I’ve misplaced one in every of my mates resulting from being hit within the head. So I feel that’s a extremely poor excuse or dialog being had.”

Lyon performed 13 Checks with Hughes, and was on the sector on the SCG the day he died.

Lyon will meet with Australia’s medical employees on Sunday to map out a restoration plan, however mentioned he was shattered by the prospect his collection was seemingly over.

“It’s been much more down than up,” Lyon mentioned.

“I’ve been completely shattered. I’ve been in tears, I’ve been upset, I’ve been hurting. That reveals this crew means every thing to me.

“And I’ll begin this rehab journey now to get again and play my position and maintain loving what I’m able to do.”

“It is a little bump within the highway. I can study from it and get higher. However proper now, I’m fairly shattered.”

Lyon’s wounded effort on Saturday was paying homage to that Rick McCosker’s effort to bat with a damaged jaw within the 1977 Centenary Check, serving to Australia to a 45-run victory.

England nice Colin Cowdrey additionally walked out to bat with a plastered damaged arm at Lord’s in 1963, serving to England save a Check in opposition to West Indies in 1963.

— AAP


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