“Hopefully I won’t have to bowl too much,” he advised reporters, having stepped in simply earlier than the shut of the second day of the second Ashes Check to alleviate Australia’s drained quick bowlers following an harm to their common spinner Nathan Lyon.
In his outstanding a hundredth consecutive Check look for the visiting staff, Lyon skilled a setback throughout his run-up whereas making an attempt to catch a ball. It was evident that he had strained his proper calf.
Consequently, Steve Smith took cost of the ultimate over of the day, following a quick spell of spin bowling from Travis Head.
“I haven’t been working on my bowling at all!” Smith mentioned with amusing when requested about his single-over stint.
“I thought Heady bowled alright. Heady’s probably the one that’s going to have a take a fair chunk of the spin, and then maybe myself and Marnus (Labuschagne) will chop in here and there,” he added when requested concerning the staff’s choices for the remainder of the Lord’s Check.
England’s Ben Duckett mentioned the house facet despatched their finest needs to Lyon, an opponent they clearly respect.
“I really hope it’s not too bad for him. You never want see anyone go down with an injury. He was going to play a massive role in that fourth innings, he’s such a good bowler,” Duckett advised reporters.
“It’ll be interesting to see how they go about it. If they keep going bonkers with all four (fast) bowlers they’ll be pretty tired by the end of it,” he mentioned.
Smith mentioned he felt the Australia squad had the sources it wanted if Lyon’s harm had been to place him out of motion for any size of time, nonetheless.
“He could be a huge loss. However we’ve got Todd Murphy waiting in the wings. He’s been bowling beautifully in the nets,” he mentioned.
“I’d be confident if he came in he’d do a terrific job for us. But fingers crossed Nathan’s alright.”
(With inputs from Reuters)