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English tampering taunts won’t make Aussies cry: Lyon

MELBOURNE: Australia’s cricketers will just have to bear English taunts over the ball-tampering affair on tour next month for the ODI series, spinner Nathan Lyon has said.

Australia will bring a new-look squad led by Test captain Tim Paine for the five-match series, with former skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner suspended for their parts in the scandal in South Africa.

Off-spinner Lyon, who was recalled to the ODI squad for the first time since 2016, said he expected England fans to take full advantage of recent events.


“I’ve never played in England where they haven’t given it to us,” Lyon told reporters on Tuesday. “There’s no point taking some tissues out with us, we’ve just got to stand out there and cop it.”

The series will be Australia’s first since the tour of South Africa, where the visitors slumped to a 3-1 loss.

Cricket Australia has launched reviews into the players’ behaviour and its own operations, and Lyon said he hoped the England tour could be a fresh start.

“It’s a good chance for Australian cricket to move on and a good chance for Australian players to rebuild the trust and faith of the Australian public and earn back their respect,” added Lyon.