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'Would give up the captaincy...' Pat Cummins makes huge statement on Nathan Lyon after winning first test

Published at :March 3, 2024 at 7:31 PM
Modified at :March 3, 2024 at 7:31 PM
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Saurabh Anand


Pat Cummins hopes that Nathan Lyon would play for Australia till 2027.

Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon took a six-wicket haul against New Zealand in the first test at Basin Reserve in Wellington. Australia crushed New Zealand in the first test match of the Trans-Tasman Trophy. Australia won the first test by 172 runs. Lyon’s six-wicket rattled New Zealand’s batting order. The Kiwis were bundled out for just 196 runs while chasing 369.

Australian skipper Pat Cummins made a bold statement about off-spinner Nathan Lyon after the win. Cummins’ statement is a big testament to what Lyon has achieved in his career. The skipper said that he would give up captaincy the day Nathan Lyon announces his retirement. The spinner recently became the eighth bowler to complete 500 test wickets.

‘Will leave the captaincy…’

Pat Cummins expressed that he would love to see Nathan Lyon play for Australia till 2027. Cummins said, “The only barrier really is his body, so if he looks after his body and makes sure he’s right for 10 Test matches a year, or whatever it is, I’d absolutely love him to play until 2027.” Cummins was addressing the post-match press conference after the first test win at the Basin Reserve.

Australia skipper Pat Cummins also revealed that he had told Nathan Lyon that the day he will announce his retirement, Cummins would leave the captaincy. The pacer added, “I don’t think there’s much that’s going to get in his way. I’ve already told him the day he retires I’m definitely giving up the captaincy because it makes my life a lot easier.”

Nathan Lyon is a regular member of the Australian playing XI. Lyon missed his last test during the Ashes 2023 after a long time. The legendary bowler has expressed his desire to play for Australia until 2027 in test cricket. The New South Welshman has also overtaken West Indian pacer Courtney Walsh (519). Lyon has taken 527 test wickets in 128 test matches. The second test between Australia and New Zealand will be played at Hagley Oval from 8th March.

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