Former cricketers like Shane Warne and Ricky Pointing earlier predicted that the likes of Nathan Lyon would come in very handy on this pitch. The off-spinner proved them right as he troubled the English batters with his spin and bounce by bowling consistently in the right patch. Seeing the English batters struggling so much, Kevin Peterson tweeted expressed shock that the likes of Nathan Lyon with zero variation is not getting attacked by any English batter, thereby belittling the Australian off-spinner who has achieved more wickets than any English off-spinner.
Defending the off-spinner, Ricky Ponting hit back at Kevin Peterson during the commentary saying “Four hundred Test wickets, Kev,” Ponting also reminded how Peterson himself has scored only 163 runs and got himself out against Nathan Lyon at the Adelaide Oval.
“Lyon to Pietersen. Lyon got him four times for 163 runs and at the Adelaide Oval, the world’s flattest cricket wicket, Kevin Pietersen, none for 14 off 23 balls with 15 dots and only one boundary. Come On Kev”, Ponting said further.
With 406 wickets till now in 102 matches, Lyon has been the third-highest wicket-taker for Australia after Shane Warne and Glenn Mcgrath.
Peterson replied back that the Australians had reacted negatively to his tweet and that the Australian way would have been to go out and attack a spin bowler on a flat track who does not have a variation.
“The Aussie way would be to attack and NOT play him like these English batters. Because he’s got 400 wickets you’re not allowed to attack him?! Strange!” Peterson said
England had been undone by a disciplined Australian side in the Ashes series till now. With wrong team selection, too many no balls, and collapsing batting line-up, England has plenty of things to sort out if they want to make a comeback in the ongoing Ashes.
At one point in time, Cameron Green and Nathan Lyon bowled almost 7 overs in tandem without giving a run. Lyon kept on bowling in the right channel. Ollie Pope unable to handle the spin and bounce came down the track and edged straight to Marnus Labuschagne.
England made a big mistake by going out with all seam-attack on this pitch where even the likes of Joe Root got to spin. Jack Leach wasn’t given a chance as The Australians did not allowed him to settle and scored nearly 8 runs per over.