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Lyon claims pressure was the key to England's downfall
NATHAN LYON feels Australia's ability to build pressure was the key to forcing the England collapse that gave the tourists the upper hand at Chester-le-Street.
Lyon was the pick of the Australian attack as England were reduced to 238-9 at the close of the opening day, a total that was well short of what the hosts would have been expecting after they won the toss and elected to bat.
For large periods of an enthralling encounter, England's batsmen were scoring at less than two-an-over, and there was a point at the start of the evening session when Tim Bresnan and Jonny Bairstow added just five runs in ten overs.
By maintaining a disciplined line and length, the Australian attack were able to tie their opponents down and induce a series of mistakes that ultimately cost England dear.
“We bowled quite well throughout, and our pace bowlers bowled fantastically,” said off-spinner Lyon, who finished with figures of 4-42. “We were also well supported in the field by the likes of Dave Warner and Chris Rogers running around.
“Building pressure is the way you take Test-match wickets, that's the way you play Test-match cricket. You've got to be patient while building pressure from both ends and hope there's an error somewhere along the line.
“We're happy with the way we bowled, although it was a disappointing finish with Jimmy Anderson and a few of the guys hitting a couple of boundaries.
“They didn't score many runs at all though and that comes down to putting the ball in the right areas and our fielders backed us up. They've been fantastic the whole series, so credit goes to them.”
Despite being bitterly disappointed at being unable to keep the series alive at Old Trafford when their chances of a final-day win were ruined by rain, Australia's players nevertheless took a lot of confidence from their performance in Manchester.
Yesterday's display was a continuation of their dominance in the third Test, and while it might be too late to regain the Ashes, the Australians clearly feel the tide has turned.
“We got a lot of momentum coming from Manchester,” said Lyon. “It was unfortunate the weather wasn't with us, but we knew what we had to do when we came to Durham. We've got a lot of belief that we can win these next two Tests and square the series.”
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