Sports News

Nathan Lyon: I’d rather guide the band’s song than be the captain

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has accepted Pat Cummins as the next test captain and Steve Smith as a replacement for the fastballs while dismissing himself as a potential team leader.

Cummins and Smith have held captaincy interviews, and Cummins is expected to replace Tim Paine as a result of a “sexting” scandal less than three weeks before the Ashes begin.

Lyon said he was impressed with the leadership of New South Wales teammate Cummins when he took over the state’s one-day rule last year.

“Cricket Australia are probably the two guys being interviewed for roles in my eyes,” Lyon told reporters on Thursday.

The Paine scandal will be a distraction during Ashes: Ponting

“I think (Cummins) did a very good job (in NSW) of being honest with you.

“I know it’s kind of a cauldron of fish. But he has a lot of major players around if he gets the support to help (him).

“But then you look at Steve Smith, I think he’s there with the best batsmen in the world.

“Cricket has a lot of enthusiasm, and I don’t have the drama of both raising their hands for the captaincy.”

After 100 tries, 34-year-old Lyon is one of Australia’s top players, and after winning the match he is responsible for singing the team’s victory song “Under the Southern Cross”.

“Respected” Cummins was prepared for the Australian captaincy – Gilchrist

Lyon said he preferred the status quo when asked if he intended a formal leadership.

“Honestly, if I put my hand on the captain’s side, it means I would have to deliver the band’s song,” Lyon said.

“I’d rather drive the band’s song … I’ll keep my hand down.”

Lyon need one more wicket to reach 400 in the tests, a milestone that escaped a 2-1 series loss against India last summer.

“Obviously I’ve had a decent amount of time in my head since the last test against India,” he said.

“I’m more concerned about making sure I play my part in the entire test series and the Australian cricket team and make sure we win and keep these Ashes.”

Source link

Related Articles

Back to top button