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05 Aug 2019, 23:58 IST
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Australia spinner Nathan Lyon

Tim Paine backed Nathan Lyon to maintain bowling “so long as he desires to” after his star exhibiting on day 5 of Australia’s victory over England within the opening Ashes Check.

Steve Smith’s second century of the match and three figures from Matthew Wade on Sunday meant England wanted to bat out the day on Monday to keep away from defeat at Edgbaston.

However the day-five circumstances have been good for a spinner of Lyon’s high quality and he took 6-49 to assist dismiss the hosts for simply 146.

Within the course of, Lyon grew to become simply the fourth Australian to rack up 350 Check wickets and captain Paine waxed lyrical about his high quality.

“He may get a lot [of wickets] for so long as he desires to go for I reckon, he does not appear to have too many accidents or niggles over his profession,” he mentioned. 

“The ball is popping out higher than ever, he is a bit like Smithy [Steve Smith], each Check match or collection they appear to get higher – it is astonishing at their age. 

“Should you see them prepare you see why, they’re a terrific instance to the group.”

Steve Smith and David Warner have been enjoying their first Check since their respective involvements within the Newlands ball-tampering scandal that shocked cricket final yr.

And Paine welcomed having the skilled duo again within the dressing room.

“Yeah it definitely helps. As I mentioned earlier than the sport these guys have performed much more cricket in England than I’ve and extra huge tournaments and large collection than I’ve,” he added. 

“The identical goes for all of our workforce, it is not solely serving to me with method they lead our group. We’re all tapping into them whether or not captain, coach or batting coach.

“They’ve issues they’ve learnt by way of expertise that others do not know. We might be silly to not faucet into that, they’ve nonetheless acquired an enormous presence in our dressing room there is no doubt about that.”

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