17th June 2024

Steve Smith is hopeful Australia will not want to interchange Nathan Lyon on this 12 months’s Ashes sequence, however is assured Todd Murphy would do a “terrific job” within the legend’s absence.

Australia faces a nervous wait to find out the total extent of Lyon’s calf damage, which he suffered on day two of the second Ashes Check at Lord’s.

It is a merciless twist of luck for Lyon, who suffered the damage in what was his 100th consecutive Check.

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Pending scans, the 35-year-old may miss the rest of the second Check and subsequent outings.

The damage is already being likened to the 2005 Ashes incident by which Glenn McGrath suffered two ruptured ligaments and bone harm in his proper ankle after rolling it on a ball.

Nathan Lyon clutches his calf on day two of the Ashes Check at Lord’s. (Matthew Childs by way of Reuters)

McGrath’s absence was felt and England gained the sequence, marking the primary Ashes triumph in 18 years.

“I have never been up within the sheds but, however yeah, clearly it did not look good,” Smith mentioned at stumps.

“It would not look preferrred for the remainder of the sport. I am unsure how he really is. Clearly, if he is no good it is a massive loss for us. 

“He is in his 100th consecutive Check match, which I do know he was actually trying ahead to participating in and having a task in as effectively. 

“So yeah, fingers crossed, he is OK, however it did not look good.”

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Lyon was notably potent within the first Check at Edgbaston, taking 4 wickets within the first innings and one other 4 within the second.

He additionally performed a pivotal position within the 55-run partnership with Pat Cummins that gained them the Check in a second innings run chase.

It is a massive blow for Australia with solely the likes of Travis Head, Marnus Labuschange and Steve Smith spinning choices – albeit, a far cry in capability from Lyon.

“It isn’t preferrred, notably your spin bowler – it is one position,” mentioned Smith.

“Batter, I suppose there’s a great deal of us round, so it is a bit totally different. I believe Nathan’s clearly, if he is no good, it would be an enormous loss.”

Todd Murphy stands an opportunity at making an Ashes cameo this 12 months within the wake of Nathan Lyon’s suspected calf damage. (Robert Cianflone by way of Getty Photographs)

If Lyon must be changed it would nearly actually be 22-year-old bespectacled Murphy answering the decision.

Murphy was a revelation for Australia in India, taking 7-124 on debut.

Lyon’s place because the go-to specialist spinner has saved Murphy out of the image in pace-friendly situations, nonetheless, now is likely to be his time to shine.

“Todd Murphy is ready within the wings,” mentioned Smith.

“He has been bowling fantastically within the nets and bowled very well in India when he bought his alternative as effectively. 

“I might be assured if he got here in he’d do a terrific job for us, however fingers crossed Nathan’s all proper.”

Murphy additionally has the backing of one other legendary spin bowler, Ravichandran Ashwin.

“Todd Murphy had a sensational debut sequence,” Ashwin was quoted by the UK Telegraph.

“Murphy got here right here 10 to 50 instances higher than how Nathan Lyon got here right here on his first Check tour.”

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