Australian legend of spin-bowling Shane Warne roasted Nathan Lyon on the fields set by the hors-spinner on the fifth day of the Fourth Test against India.
Lyon operated on the last morning without a tight fielder on the offside when bowling at Cheteshwar Pujuara, bowling a line too straight for Warne’s liking.
As Lyon searched for the elusive breakthrough, Warne couldn’t hide his frustration.
“I can’t believe it, after all with the last streak and this streak and how he played Pujara with an bat stack on the offside he looks like a completely different player,” said Warne on Fox Cricket.
“What kind of conversations have they had without a batting mat to start this morning? I’m in shock.
“I was disappointed with some of the Aussies’ tactics in this series, but that doesn’t make sense either.”
Warne noted that Lyon, who played more balls at Pujara in the cricket test than any other bowler, should have learned from the past.
“I don’t have an answer, I just can’t explain why he doesn’t,” he said.
“Here is a guy who played 100 tests, he played enough balls at Pujara, he knows how he got him out of the side with a bat stack, he knows how it changes his game, so why the hell the would he? you don’t have one? “
Warne also revealed that he spoke to Lyon about employing a wide receiver close to Pujara’s offside, noting that the tactic worked earlier in the series.
“I can’t think of a reason because there isn’t one for not having an innings stack on the offside,” he said.
“I would like to think I know a bit about spin bowling, and I’ve done it quite well. I watched Nathan Lyon for a long time, and talked to Lyon about the bat-pad on the Pujara off-side.
“He says he feels he can’t play that wide. Then he put him in Adelaide and he knocked him down, and he (Pujara) looked like a whole different player, and he (Lyon) said: ‘Yeah, you’re straight’
“So why doesn’t he have one today? That’s what I don’t understand. He knows it works. He admitted it works.”
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