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Australia’s post-match parties have come in for criticism after they??kept the Ashes at Old Trafford but Nathan Lyon believes his team have”brought a country together.”
Their triumph was marked by the tourists with a party, daily five, which given them a 2-1 lead going at The Oval.
It started’Beneath the Southern Cross’ and a couple more from a portable stereo, followed by chants and addresses.
One started with”Who did we overcome? England. . .How did we do it? Easy” and quickly transitioned into something much less savoury. At one point Steve Smith had been seen wearing and rubbing against a pair of glasses before darkness batting left-handed at the center of a team huddle.
The conclusion was that he had been unkindly parodying England’s Jack Leach, although an alternative storyline was offered he may have been mimicking former Australia opener Chris Rogers.
What matters is the scoreline and that the urn is staying their cricketing public and Down Under a source of 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 game can bring a nation together. I daresay the boys in that room have brought a nation together.
“Right nowit likely has not sunk in, but as a kid growing up, and when I got my own Baggy Green, the biggest target in my career has been to win the Ashes away.
“We are 2-1 up and I’d like to go 3-1 up, and once we hold the urn up at The Oval it is definitely going to be an remarkable feeling.”
Lyon, who bowled his side in the first Test at Edgbaston, became a running joke in Manchester’s butt as supporters mocked a botched that could have given Australia success a week at Headingley.
Cheered every time he grabbed the ball he seemed to be unimpressed at the time, but said he had steered out the fans.
“To be truthful with you, you hear it for the initial over or two then it only becomes white noise,” he said.
“When you are a professional sportsman, your work is to come out and bowl well, and compete against people you’re playing. I didn’t feel it or hear it in the back end so that it doesn’t worry me.”
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