With the Ashes Tests underway, Jonny Bairstow’s controversial stumping incident continues to grab attention. Australia emerged victorious in the second match at Lord’s after Bairstow was stumped while ducking a bouncer and leaving his crease to meet his partner Ben Stokes. England claims that Bairstow believed the umpires called “Over,” assuming the ball was dead. However, Australia’s wicketkeeper, Alex Carey, quickly dislodged the bails, and Bairstow was given out following a brief review.
Following the incident, there was a heated exchange between the English and Australian players as they made their way back to the dressing room. Australian cricketer Nathan Lyon recently revealed the details of what transpired.
“There were a few Australian guys and a few English guys in the lunchroom, and I hobbled up on my crutches and stood in the middle of it, trying to calm things down a little bit,” Nathan Lyon shared on the Willow Talk Cricket Podcast. “Jonny had a few words here or there. That’s all part of it; I’m all for it,” he added.
Lyon also recounted an encounter with an English lady who tearfully apologized to the Australian cricketers for the reactions inside Lord’s. Lyon reassured her, saying they were not concerned about being sledged. He acknowledged that Ashes cricket can have a profound impact on people, and the actions of individuals can affect others in various ways.
Regarding Bairstow’s dismissal, Nathan Lyon expressed his support, stating, “I was in the change room, and I just erupted. I was like, ‘how good. Suck eggs. That’s out every day.'”
During the subsequent Ashes match in Leeds, the Australian players continued to face abuse from the crowd as England secured a victory, narrowing Australia’s lead to 2-1. As the series moves to Old Trafford, Lyon revealed that he knew his Ashes campaign was over when he suffered a calf tear at Lord’s.
Reflecting on his injury, Nathan Lyon said, “I knew straight away my series was done there and then.” He mentioned taking painkillers, getting strapped from his knee down, and waiting to bat in the Long Room at Lord’s.
Currently back in Australia, Lyon remains hopeful of returning to cricket by the end of September. He emphasized the importance of proper rehabilitation and expressed his desire to participate in Shield matches, but he did not want to rush his recovery for the first game. The next Test match for Australia at home is scheduled for mid-December against Pakistan.