Sport Lyon takes 'absolute screamer' in Ashes Test
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took a catch on day two of the Hobart Test described by Australian cricket royalty as "an absolute screamer".
Diving low and to his left at backward point during the 25th over of England's first dig, Lyon unexpectedly pouched the ball to removeoff the bowling of .
The pink ball appeared to be cannoning to the off-side boundary as soon as it shot off Stokes' bat, the damaging all-rounder punching the back-of-a-length Starc delivery with power off his back foot.
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But Lyon, not only Australia's greatest off-spinner in Test history but a brilliant fielder in the gully-point region, cut the ball off in a remarkable moment at Bellerive Oval.
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England are expected to make wholesale changes for the Hobart Test, although they are still mulling decisions over the fitness of Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. The Cricketer reported the tourists would make five changes when the teams are announced with wicketkeeper Sam Billings in for a Test debut. Opener Rory Burns will return to put Haseeb Hameed pout of his misery. With Hobart serving up a greentop for the pink ball Test, Ollie Robinson will come in for spinner Jack Leach with Chris Woakes expected to replace rested James Anderson.
Starc and his teammates were stunned at what Lyon had done.
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"What a catch that is from Nathan Lyon," Warne said on Fox Cricket.
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"He's absolutely creamed this, Ben Stokes. He thought it was four the minute it left the bat.
"But, somehow, Nathan Lyon anticipated this and took an absolute screamer ... Low, you look at how hard he hits this, Ben Stokes, inches off the ground. Good catch from Nathan Lyon ... Super catch."
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Former England captainadded: "Brilliant from Nathan Lyon".
On a chaotic 17-wicket day, England were bowled out for 188 in reply to Australia's first-innings total of 303.
Australia then reached stumps on day two at 3-37, with second drop(17) in the middle with nightwatchman (three).
Australia lead the series 3-0.
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