A tug-of-war has already begun between the Australian and English factions ahead of next month’s highly anticipated Ashes match. Nathan Lyon, a veteran off-spinner for Australia, boldly predicted that his team would whitewash the host side in the upcoming five-match Test series.
Australia delivered their archrivals a humiliating 4-0 series loss in the 2021-22 Ashes and are seeking back-to-back series victories when they tour England in June of this year. Despite the fact that the Australian cricket team has not won a Test series in England since 2001, star opener Nathan Lyon is confident that his team will overwhelm the hosts.
“I am confident that we can triumph 5-0. 100 per cent. There you have it, the headline. I have never entered a game with the mindset that we will not contend well and win. I realize this is a headline for you, but in my opinion and perspective, I go out to win every game I play for Australia.
I am confident heading in that direction. I believe that our team should be extremely pleased of the work we’ve accomplished over the past two years. The Age quoted Lyon as saying, “I think it’s been an incredible journey and something we should be very proud of.”
The most effective action we can take is to perform well and suppress the crowd: Lyon
While Lyon acknowledged that his prediction would upset many English supporters, he was confident that his team would prevail in the high-profile series. Additionally, the veteran spinner anticipates a large number of spectators, which contributes to the ambiance of the legendary red-ball series. He hopes to replicate the 2019 performance of Steve Smith, who helped the visitors silence the audience with his brilliant batting.
“I anticipate receiving a great deal of feedback from English supporters, whether positive or negative. That’s perfectly fine. Ultimately, we are going out there to compete in a professional sport. Hopefully, they will be sold out and there will be large, boisterous audiences. The greatest thing we can do is perform well and silence the crowd,” he continued.