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Aussies aren't chokers: Nathan Lyon

by Lionel Ragland (2021-12-12)


Nathan Lyon has shot down suggestions that Australia's batsmen are chokers.

The tourists missed a golden chance to level their five-match series against India in Call Girls Nagpur, where the hosts were bowled out for 250 on a dry deck that produced a low-scoring game.

Australia were well placed in their chase at 0-83 then again at 5-218 but collapses of 4-49 and 5-24 ruined their hopes of victory in the final-over thriller

"We're playing against one of the best sides in the world and choke is a pretty strong word," Lyon said, when it was put to him that Australia choked under pressure.

"I don't think choke is the right word

"We're competing against one of the best sides in the world.

"We're a young side, we're learning about the game, and having these experiences is going to be absolutely brilliant leading into a high-pressure environment like the World Cup."

Australia's eight-run loss on Tuesday means India will win the series if they triumph in Friday's clash, which starts at 7pm AEDT in Ranchi.

Lyon, whose 17-run stand with Marcus Stoinis was one of many twists in the dramatic second ODI, suggested exposure to such high-pressure situations will hold the team in good stead at the World Cup.

"It is amazing to have ... that little taste of what might be around the corner," he said.

"You want to come up against the best under immense pressure, that is where you see people really stand up. It's an excellent opportunity for us."