first_imgNathan Lyon stole the show on a grassy Perth Stadium pitch, dubbed a ‘pacer’s paradise’, on the third day of the second Test on Sunday. Lyon was the pick of Australia’s bowlers with 5 for 67 from 34.5 overs in India’s first innings of 283.The Australian off-spinner conjured menacing bounce off the expansive rough patches to clean up India’s tail and ensure Australia gained a crucial 43-run first-innings lead.Lyon has claimed 13 wickets in the series to continue his stranglehold over India as a desperate Australia seek a series-levelling victory after a narrow first-Test defeat in Adelaide.Australia were 132 for four in their second innings, with a lead of 175 runs at stumps on Day 3.When asked to comment on Virat Kohli’s dismissal and the visible disappointment from the Indian skipper at the umpire’s decision, Lyon refused to say anything for or against the controversial dismissal.”Virat Kohli is a great player. He plays on emotion we all know that. To be honest I am not really concerned how Virat Kohli reacts or how he conducts himself. I am just worried about how we are controlling the Australian dressing room,” Lyon told reporters after third day’s play. Virat Kohli was given out under controversial circumstances (AP Photo)Kohli edged Cummins to second slip where Peter Handscomb took a low catch. Debate will rage on as to whether it was a clean catch but third umpire Nigel Long did not have conclusive evidence to overturn it.”As bowlers I think we bowled pretty well this afternoon. It was good hard Test cricket. As players that’s what we want to be part of. As a spectator… as fans of cricket, that is what you want to see too… hard exciting cricket,” Lyon added.advertisementOnly James Anderson, Muttiah Muralitharan and Imran Khan have taken more Test wickets against India, earning Lyon significant praise from Indian great Sachin Tendulkar who said on social media that the Australian was a “very special spinner”.”He [Sachin Tendulkar] is one of the greatest of all time to ever play the game and to get recognised from him is a massive honour,” Lyon told reporters.Australia have got a very special spinner in @NathLyon421. He has got terrific variations and uses the pace and bounce from the pitch to extract maximum value. #INDvAUSSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 16, 2018Lyon also moved past South Africa great Allan Donald and into 25th place on the all-time Test wicket-takers list with 331.”It’s a bit surreal. Those milestones haven’t really sunk in,” said Lyon.”I don’t think I’m at the top of my game yet. I believe there is a lot more around the corner for me.” Sachin Tendulkar called Nathan Lyon a “very special spinner” (AP Photo)A cult hero in Australia, Lyon has been nicknamed the “GOAT” (Greatest of All Time) and has an opportunity to provide cheer for a nation still reeling after the damaging Newlands ball-tampering fiasco.”Playing Test cricket for Australia, we have an opportunity to become heroes,” he said.”That is something that sits very special to me that you can go out there and make a lot of people happy if you stand up.”Lyon remained confident that Australia would snap a run of six Tests without victory.”I would rather be in Australia’s change rooms than India’s,” he said. “We know we have the bowlers that can defend (the total).”(With inputs from Reuters)Also Read | Virat Kohli’s energy is infectious, says Jasprit Bumrah after enthralling dayAlso Read | Virat Kohli 3rd captain in Test history to score 1000 away runs in a calendar yearAlso Read | Absolute masterpiece: Sunil Gavaskar praises Virat Kohli’s gutsy Perth hundredAlso Read | My bat does the talking: Virat Kohli’s celebration after gritty Perth hundred wows fanslast_img

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