Australia’s post-match parties have come in for criticism once they??kept the Ashes at Old Trafford but Nathan Lyon believes his group have”brought a nation together.”
Their 185-run triumph was marked by the tourists on day five, which given them a 2-1 lead going at The Oval, with a raucous celebration that was on-field.
It started’Under the Southern Cross’ and a few more out of a stereo, followed by chants and speeches.
One began with”Who did we overcome? England. . .How did we take action? Easy” and immediately descended into something considerably less savoury. At one point Steve Smith had been seen rubbing and wearing a pair of eyeglasses before darkness at the midst of a group huddle.
The obvious conclusion was that he was unkindly parodying the Jack Leach, although an alternate storyline was provided that he could have been copying Australia opener Chris Rogers of England.
What matters is the scoreline and that the urn is currently staying Down Underneath , a source of considerable pride to the Australia team as well as their weakest public.
“You have the opportunity to come out and play cricket for Australia and reflect your family, friends and everybody back home,” Lyon told the Australian media.
“It is quite a special moment that a game can bring a country together. I daresay that the boys in that changing space have brought a nation together.
“Right now, it likely hasn’t sunk , but as a kid growing up, and whenever I received my Baggy Green, the biggest target in my career is to win the Ashes away.
“We are 2-1 up and I want to go 3-1 up, and once we hold the urn up in The Oval it is definitely going to be an wonderful feeling.”
Lyon, who bowled his side to victory became the butt of a running joke in Manchester as supporters mocked a botched that could have contributed Australia success a week at Headingley.
Ironically cheered every time he caught the ball he appeared to be unimpressed at the moment, but stated he had steered out the lovers.
“To be honest with you, you hear it for the initial two or over then it just becomes white noise,” he said.
“When you are an expert sportsman, your job is to come out and bowl and compete against individuals you’re playing. I didn’t feel it or listen to it at the back end so that it doesn’t worry me”
See day one of the fifth and final Ashes Test, at The Oval, live on Sky Sports The Ashes September 12, from 10am on Thursday.
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