India vs Australia: Nathan Lyon promises to fight and defy India on Sunday

first_img India Today Web Desk MelbourneDecember 29, 2018UPDATED: December 29, 2018 20:46 IST Nathan Lyon said Australia will not give up easily even on day five (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPat Cummins and Nathan Lyon stitched a 43-run partnership to deny India a win on day 4Lyon had special praise for Cummins,saying he “was special” for Australia with ball and batAustralia will resume the day 5 on 258 for 8, still 141 runs away, as India need 2 wicketsNathan Lyon and Pat Cummins combined for the 9th wicket as the pair frustrated the Indians on day four of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.Australia will resume the fifth and last day on 258 for 8, still 141 runs away but Lyon promised India a fight after the end of play on Saturday.”Pat and I are going to come out tomorrow and we are going to fight. We have to show a lot of pride and fight hard, and show what it means to wear the Baggy Green cap,” Lyon said at the press conference at the end of second day’s play.”We are going to win first ball in first over, and show a lot of fight and pride in playing for Australia. And we will enjoy doing that,” Lyon added.India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test Day 4: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDLyon had special praise for Pat Cummins, who soldiered on for Australia with ball and bat.”Pat Cummins has been exceptional in this match and he keeps getting better every day. I enjoy batting with Pat, helps calm down my nerves and it was an exciting challenge. It was a pretty special knock from him.”He is a great bloke but even better cricketer. Seeing where he started from and seeing where he is now, he has a hell of a long career ahead of him,” said Lyon.”First innings’ runs are counted in whichever Test match you play. Basically you are ahead of that game if you have runs on board. Unfortunately we missed that and now we are up against it,” he added.advertisementLyon also came to the defense of the Australian batsmen, who have drawn criticism of late after their meek surrenders to the Indian bowlers.”I see how much hard work the guys are doing in the nets and in training. We know they are working hard and not going out to fail. They have all my support,” Lyon said.”We are up against a world-class bowling attack, one of the best Indian attacks I have ever seen. They are disappointed but I know how hard they are working. Success for them is around the corner.””I am a massive fan of Aaron Finch. He is working hard and seeing a lot of balls in nets. We have seen him in international cricket in all three formats as a world-class batsman. He is disappointed as anyone else is,” Lyon added.Lyon was all praise for Jasprit Bumrah, who picked up eight wickets.”Bumrah is quick and has a very good slower one. He is world class and has all skills a very good all-round package. Not surprised that he is a top bowler in Test cricket so quickly because I have seen him in white ball cricket. So he is obviously a top class bowler,” Lyon signed off.Also Read | Pant’s banter with Lyon caught on stump mic: “You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing”Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami: Trio creates history in 2018For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Nathan LyonFollow Pat CumminsFollow India vs AustraliaFollow MelbourneFollow 3rd TestFollow Day 4 India vs Australia: Nathan Lyon promises to fight and defy India on SundayNathan Lyon promised to put up a fight on the fifth and last day of the third Test however despondent it may be for Australiaadvertisementlast_img read more