In the last concluded Ashes series, Australia dominated the 5-match test series. They were very much ahead of England in all the departments and simply thrash England in the entire series. Australian captain Steve Smith was in superb touch with the bat as he was one of the key reasons Australia dominate the whole series.
Apart from that, Australian bowler Nathan Lyon was in great touch as well. The bowler took a total of 21 wickets in the 5-test series. Even more astonishingly, he dismissed England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali seven times in the series. As the ODI series between Australia and England is about to begin, Moeen Ali is keen to give it back to Nathan Lyon.
Moeen Ali is ready to take on Nathan Lyon
Speaking with the media ahead of the first game of the 5-match ODI series, England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali says he is in the different mindset now. “He bowled really well at me, I found him difficult in Australia but one-day cricket is different. I’m in a different mindset at the moment to what I was then. He has bowled really well and got me out a few times. But you don’t get medals for getting guys out all the time. Who cares? I’m just moving on. When we played in the Ashes in England, he never got me out once and nobody said anything. You just get on with it”, says Moeen Ali.
Nathan Lyon credits the county stint with Moeen Ali helped him in understanding the game of England’s all-rounder. “If you look back to the fields I had against Moeen Ali (during the Ashes), it was probably not the conventional left-hander’s field. I had a deep mid-off, a deep cow corner and a deep square leg. I tried to take his boundary options out of it and see if he wanted to play the quiet game and try and nurdle me around”, said Nathan Lyon.
The series between Australia and England will see new Australian team take on their arch-rivals. The team will be led by newly appointed captain Tim Paine and newly appointed Justin Langer. Both coach and the captain have admitted they are keen to bring in the change in on-field behaviour, be more respectful to the opponent while keeping Australian brand of cricket intact.