“He’s basically out of the Ashes, I don’t think we’ll see him again….” Doctor Peter Brukner On Nathan Lyon’s Injury

Australia’s hopes in the ongoing second Ashes Test at Lord’s took a major hit as Nathan Lyon, their premier spinner, sustained a calf injury on Day 2. Lyon, playing his 100th consecutive Test match, pulled up while chasing a ball towards the boundary and was in significant pain when attended to by the physio. Former Australian team doctor Peter Brukner expressed concerns that the injury could be severe enough to rule Lyon out for the remainder of the Ashes series.

Based on initial assessments, Brukner speculated that Lyon may have suffered a significant tear in the gastrocnemius muscle. This bulky calf muscle could result in bleeding and a lengthy recovery period. Losing Lyon, one of the most impactful spinners in modern-day cricket would be a significant blow for Australia, particularly in the middle of a Test match.

“He’s basically out of the Ashes, I’d think. I don’t think we’ll see him again in this series. It’s a disaster. It was quite a severe one from the amount of disability he had straight away. It’s probably a pretty significant injury, and I’d think,” the former Australian team doctor told Sydney Morning Herald.

“The likelihood is it’s a significant muscle tear of the gastrocnemius the bulky calf muscle. That will be associated with significant bleeding,” he added.

Lyon’s ability to take wickets in different conditions has set him apart from other spinners. Despite bowling only 13 overs on Day 2, he dismissed Zak Crawley and maintained an impressive economy rate of 2.70, while England scored at 4.55 runs per over. His absence will create a void in Australia’s bowling attack, and captain Pat Cummins will have to rely on the available resources to challenge the English batsmen.

In Lyon’s absence, Australia may turn to their part-time spin options. Travis Head, a part-time off-spinner, bowled five overs, while Steve Smith contributed with an over of leg-spin. Although they may not have the same wicket-taking prowess as England’s Joe Root, their primary spinner, their role will be crucial in containing the flow of runs and providing rest to the pace bowlers.

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Cameron Green, an all-rounder, is also expected to shoulder a greater bowling responsibility due to Lyon’s injury. His increased contribution will be vital in managing the workload of the remaining bowlers. England will resume their innings on Day 3 at 278/4, trailing Australia’s first innings score by 138 runs.

As Australia copes with Lyon’s absence, their challenge will be to adapt their bowling strategy and maintain pressure on the English batsmen. The team must show resilience and make the most available resources to remain competitive in the Ashes series.

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