‘Can someone please smack Nathan Lyon?’- Kevin Pietersen urges England to go after ‘off-spinner with zero variations’
Nathan Lyon has taken 406 wickets in his Test career so far.
Updated - Dec 18, 2021 3:29 pm
After a poor Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 earlier this year, Nathan Lyon seems to have regained his lost form. As he was stuck on 399 wickets for over 10 months, he had to wait for a really long time to get his 400th scalp.
After barely getting a chance to bowl at the English batters during the first innings of the first Ashes Test match, he finally got his 400th wicket in the second innings when he dismissed Dawid Malan for 82. The off-spinner then went on to take a four-fer in that innings as well. Despite all his accolades, former English cricketer Kevin Pietersen didn’t seem to be a big fan of the Aussie bowler.
The former batter was of the opinion that the 34-year-old didn’t have any variations. As a matter of fact, he pleaded with the English batters to “smack him”. The fact that the spinner managed to keep the opposition batters quiet didn’t sit well with him.
‘Off-spinner with zero variations’ – Kevin Pietersen on Nathan Lyon
As the hosts continue to dominate the second Ashes Test match, Pietersen took to Twitter to vent out his frustration over the visitors not going after the Lyon. Despite dominating the first session of day three, the Aussie bowlers bounced back to dismiss four English batters, one of them was Pope, who was dismissed by none other than the off-spinner. This annoyed the former English skipper, and he tweeted the following:
Can SOMEONE please smack Lyon?!?!! FFS!
Off spinner with zero variations and bowling on world crickets flattest road!!!! #Ashes
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) December 18, 2021
“Can SOMEONE please smack Lyon?!?!! FFS! Off spinner with zero variations and bowling on world crickets flattest road!!!! #Ashes”, he wrote. While some agreed to him, a major chunk of fans went on to troll the batting legend. However, the fact remains that the visitors haven’t really looked too comfortable against Lyon.
After Australia declared at 473 in the first innings, England lost six wickets at tea on day three, and were trailing by 276 runs. The fact that they had a collapse after a solid partnership by their captain Joe Root and Dawid Malan, was disappointing, to say the least. However, they first need to avoid the follow-on. Thus, it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that only a miracle can see the poms win this game.