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Nathan Lyon Dismisses ‘BazBall’ Hype, Reflects on Ashes and Future Plans

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon critiques England’s ‘BazBall’ approach in Ashes 2023, emphasizes adaptability. Lyon reflects on his performance, expresses desire for future Ashes participation, and renewed passion for the game.

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has shared his perspective on the ‘BazBall’ style of play during the Ashes 2023 series against England. Despite his calf injury after playing the first two Tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s, Lyon dismissed the hype surrounding England’s aggressive approach under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum.

Lyon expressed his reservations about BazBall, stating, “Throughout my two Tests against them, I didn’t really see BazBall.” He emphasized the need for England’s aggressive batting to be complemented by adaptability, allowing shifts in momentum as required.

Asserting his point, Lyon highlighted his unbeaten record against BazBall, as Australia won both Tests he featured in. He compared England’s approach to the versatility exhibited by batters like David Warner, who excel at scoring quickly while maintaining an attacking brand of cricket.

In assessing the Ashes series, Lyon suggested that BazBall might be veiled in “smoke and mirrors,” emphasizing the importance of understanding pivotal moments within the game and adjusting gears accordingly.

Looking ahead, the 36-year-old spinner didn’t rule out the possibility of returning to England for the 2027 Ashes series, stating that his enthusiasm for the game had grown during his time away due to injury. He conveyed his determination to continue playing, remarking, “The finish line for me hasn’t even popped up in my eyesight yet; I’ve still got a lot of cricket left in me.”

Lyon’s insights shed light on the tactical intricacies of the Ashes series and his thoughts on the future, hinting at his enduring commitment to the sport.

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