Cricket great blasts Nathan Lyon move in Sheffield Shield final

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Nathan Lyon (pictured) fixes his hat during the Sheffield Shield.
Former Aussie allrounder Andrew Symonds took aim at Nathan Lyon's (pictured) tactics, which Shane Warne has also done in the past. (Getty Images)

Andrew Symonds has echoed sentiments from Shane Warne and questioned Nathan Lyon's 'disappointing' tactics on the second day of the Sheffield Shield final.

Reigning champions NSW got off to a decent start against Queensland on the opening day before controversy struck over a no-ball incident.

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New South Wales proceeded to collapse and were all out for 143 after Michael Neser (5-27) and new ball partner Jack Wildermuth (4-21) ran through the visitors.

Queensland resumed Day 2 at 1-58, as NSW's all-star attack of Test teammates Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and off-spinner Nathan Lyon bowled with plenty of intent but little luck in the morning session.

But it was Lyon's tactics that drew the ire of former allrounder Symonds.

After looking dangerous on Day 1, Lyon appeared to revert to a straight line and a defensive field.

Symonds calls for Nathan Lyon change

Warne expressed his dismay at Lyon's tactic in the past, especially during the most recent India series when the off-spinner attempted to dismiss Cheteshwar Pujara without a bat pad.

The lack of a bat pad against Pujara perturbed Warne.

"What sort of conversations have they had with no bat-pad to start with this morning? I’m in shock,” he said during the India series.

“I’ve been disappointed with some of the tactics from the Australians this series, but this doesn’t make any sense whatsoever as well.”

But on day two of the Shield final, Symonds said Lyon needed to accept the challenge and bowl more aggressively to dismiss Labuschagne.

Shane Warne (pictured left) took aim at Nathan Lyon's (pictured right) tactics in the past.
Shane Warne (pictured left) took aim at Nathan Lyon's (pictured right) tactics in the past. Images: Getty Images/Fox Sports)

“There’s only two men on the off-side, one is saving a single and the other saving a boundary, so Marnus is trying to manoeuvre the ball through the off side,” Symonds said.

“If I was Nathan Lyon I’d accept that challenge and try to spin it back hard through the gate.

“I just think Lyon ... I’d like to see him change his line after lunch and bowl that more attacking line outside off stump," he added.

Fox Sports Commentator Darren Berry said: “Same field, same tactics...”

“So I’m asking the question now, ‘how is he trying to get Marnus out? One that rips to leg slip? How we getting him out?’”

Later, a bat pad was brought in for Lyon despite some misfortune.

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Lyon - the leading Shield wicket-taker this season with 39 scalps - appeared set to nab yet another when Street knicked off, only for NSW skipper Kurtis Patterson to spill the offering in the slips.

Street toiled away in his 165-ball knock while Labuschagne notched his third half century of the Shield season, hitting nine fours.

Defending champions NSW are seeking their first back to back Shield titles since 1993-94 and a record 48th overall.

However they look likely to suffer just their second loss in 14 ges against Queensland after a nightmare start to the Shield decider.

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