Nathan Lyon backs Australia to thrash England 5-0 in the Ashes as spin veteran hits back at Stuart Broad’s claim that thumping series victory Down Under was ‘void’
- Nathan Lyon believes Australia can win the Ashes 5-0 this summer
- He has responded to comments made by Stuart Broad to Mail Sport
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Nathan Lyon has boldly claimed that an Australian whitewash at this year’s Ashes is ‘100 per cent’ doable as the spin veteran ramped up the war of words between England and their visitors.
England fast bowler Stuart Broad angered Aussie cricket fans recently by insisting to Mail Sport that Australia’s 4-0 victory in the last series was ‘void’ because it was played during Covid-19 restrictions.
However, a ‘confident’ Lyon believes that his side has what it takes to dominate their arch rivals again, and told the Herald Sun that a clean sweep is possible.
‘I’m confident heading over there,’ Lyon said during Australia’s training camp ahead of the series.
‘I think our squad should be really proud about the work that we’ve done over the last 24 months. I think it’s been an incredible journey and something that we should be really proud about. But this is a new challenge. And I’m looking forward to going over there and I’m extremely confident.’
Nathan Lyon believes Australia can win the Ashes 5-0 this summer in England
The 35-year-old spinner is looking to right the wrongs of Headingley after fumbling victory
When pressed as to whether a 5-0 whitewash was on the cards, Lyon said: ‘100 per cent. There’s your headline.’
Responding to Broad’s comments, Lyon said:
‘I’m counting it as 4-0,’ Lyon said. ‘But to be honest with you, everyone was doing it very hard in the world. But we’re very lucky in what we do and we should be extremely grateful that we’re out there playing a sport that we love in an amazing country.
‘That’s his opinion, he’s trying to get under our feathers.’
Lyon is looking to right the wrongs of Australia’s most recent series in England, having fumbled a glorious opportunity to win the Headingley Test and thereby secure their first series victory on enemy soil since 2001.
And despite turning 35 last November, Lyon insists that he is not thinking about the end of his cricket career.
Lyon says that Australia’s strong past 24 months puts them in a good position for the series
He also responded to Stuart Broad’s claim that the last series was ‘void’ due to Covid-19
‘There’s no end in sight for me. I still feel like I can get better,’ he said. ‘And I feel like coming up here working with (coaches) John Davison and Dan Vettori yesterday, I feel like I’m still learning about the art of off-break bowling.
‘I’m trying to get a lot more consistent and trying to get my stock ball even better with a few variations as well.
‘I know I’m going to get a lot of feedback from English fans. Positive, negative, whatever it may be.’
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