Australia’s post-match celebrations have come in for criticism when they??kept the Ashes at Old Trafford but Nathan Lyon considers his group have”brought a country together.”
Their 185-run win was marked by the tourists with a raucous celebration that was on-field, on day five, which handed them a 2-1 lead entering Thursday’s fifth Test at The Oval.
It began’Beneath the Southern Cross’ plus a few more from a stereo, followed by addresses and chants.
One began using”Who did we beat? England. . .How did we do it? Easy” and immediately descended into something considerably less savoury. At one stage Steve Smith was spotted rubbing and wearing against a pair of eyeglasses before shadow batting left-handed in the midst of a group huddle.
The conclusion was that he unkindly parodied England’s Jack Leach, although an alternative storyline was offered that he might have been copying Australia opener Chris Rogers.
What finally matters is and the scoreline that the urn is remaining their cricketing public and Down Underneath , a source of appreciable pride to the Australia team.
“You have the opportunity to come out and play cricket for Australia and reflect your loved ones, friends and everyone back home,” Lyon told the Australian press.
“It’s quite a special moment a sport can bring a nation together. I daresay that the boys in that changing room have attracted a nation together.
“Right nowit likely has not sunk in, but as a kid growing up, and whenever I got my own Baggy Green, the largest target in my career has been to win the Ashes away.
“We’re 2-1 up and I wish to go 3-1 up, and when we hold the urn up at The Oval it is going to be an awesome feeling.”
Lyon, who bowled his side turned into the butt of a joke in Manchester as supporters mocked a botched that would have contributed Australia victory in the show a week before at Headingley.
Ironically cheered every time he caught the ball in the bowler’s end, he appeared to be unimpressed at the moment, but he had tuned out the lovers.
“To be honest with you, you hear it to get the initial over or two then it simply becomes white noise,” he said.
“When you’re an expert sportsman, your task is to come out and bowl well, and compete against people you are playing. I didn’t feel it or hear it at the back end so that it doesn’t worry me”
See day among the fifth and final Ashes Test, at The Oval, live on Sky Sports The Ashes from 10am on Thursday.
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