Australian cricketer Nathan Lyon has said that he would like to bring the curator of the India-England pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad to his home ground, the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
The off-spinner also hit back at the criticism surrounding the spin-friendly pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium that saw India win the Day-Night Test inside two days.
India crushed England’s hopes of qualifying for the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final with a 10-wicket victory. Lyon said that he was awake all night watching Indian spinners, Axar Patel and R Ashwin dictate the game.
“I was up all night watching it. It was absolutely brilliant. I’m thinking about bringing that curator out to the SCG. We play on seaming wickets around the world and get bowled out for 47, 60. Nobody ever says a thing (about the pitch),” he said.
“But as soon as it starts spinning, everyone in the world seems to start crying about it. I don’t get it. I’m all for it. It was entertaining,” Nathan Lyon was quoted as saying by news agency, AAP.
Several former England players have criticised the surface prepared by BCCI’s chief groundsman Ashish Bhowmik. The visitors are also considering lodging a formal complaint against the surface to the ICC.
However, Nathan Lyon hit back at England’s strategy of playing just one specialist spinner, Jack Leach, on a surface that heavily assisted spinners right from the get-go.
“The best thing about this Test match that just passed is that England went in with four seamers. That will do me. I don’t need to say any more,” Lyon added.
While England are out of the race to qualify for the World Test Championship final, India needs to avoid defeat in the fourth and final Test to set up a summit clash with New Zealand at Lord’s, later this year.