Published: April 14, 2020 6:03:08 pm
With the specter of coronavirus looming massive, cricket in entrance of empty stands has been a thought that has crossed virtually everybody’s minds. Australia’s Nathan Lyon wasn’t an exception as he questioned how India’s Virat Kohli would adapt to the dearth of an environment if their Test collection is held this yr.
India are set to play a four-match Test collection in Australia later this yr, however in all chance, they could happen behind closed doorways. But Lyon believes that even when that had been to occur, Kohli, who thrives on the backing and noise of the gang, could be undeterred.
“He’s probably good enough to adapt to any scenario. But I was talking to Mitch Starc the other day and we actually said that if we are playing with no crowd, it’ll be quite amazing to see Virat trying to rev up the [empty] seats,” Lyon was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“It’s going to be a little bit different, but Virat is a superstar. He’ll be able to adapt to any climate that we’re able to play in,” Lyon added.
Even with the sports activities calendars ripped to shreds worldwide, with soccer, basketball, motorsport all at a halt, the 32-year-old off-spinner is happy by the prospect of the collection in opposition to India.
“I’m excited about the prospect of India coming out to Australia, it’s up there with the biggest series alongside the Ashes. They’re an absolute powerhouse of the cricket world, and to have those guys out here is going to be fantastic,” he mentioned.
“Playing in front of crowds or no crowds is out of our control, we’ve got to follow the advice of all the amazing medical people around the world. I haven’t thought about no crowds or massive crowds, it’s just about the opportunity of playing against India again,” he mentioned.
Australia misplaced a primary residence collection to India in 2018-19 when Kohli’smen handed them a 2-1 defeat. However, with the return of Steve Smith and David Warner, and the rise of Marnus Labuschagne, Lyon is hopeful.
“They had the wood over us last time they came over here but we’re a much stronger Australian cricket side at the moment, and I’m just unbelievably excited about playing them here at home.”
Lyon additionally went on to say that Australia’s Tim Paine has been “absolutely incredible” since taking up as Test captain throughout turbulent instances involving the ball-tampering scandal in 2018.
“Tim Paine has been absolutely incredible for the Australian cricket team. The way he’s gone out and led this team, it’s been unbelievable to be honest. I truly believe that he’s growing each and every day, he seems to be getting better as captain.”
“He took the captaincy on in the hardest time in Australian cricket and he’s done an amazing job.”
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