Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon suffered a mild concussion on Tuesday during a three-day trial match at Hurtsville Oval. He was fielding when the incident took place and as a precautionary measure, the cricketer has been withdrawn from the game. It was the intra-squad match among New South Wales team.
However, according to The New Indian Express, Lyon is expected to be fully fit and available for the team’s next Sheffield Shield match starting on October 27. As far as the trial game is concerned, the off-spinner looked in good touch with the ball delivering 20 overs and picking up a wicket after conceding 79 runs.
New South Wales will play their next two Sheffield Shield games against Victoria after the borders finally opened amid COVID-19 restrictions. The two matches will be played at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney and then at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Cricket Australia also confirmed that the two teams will lock horns in a Marsh One-Day Cup game on November 12 at the MCG.
As for Lyon, these set of matches are extremely crucial ahead of the much-awaited Ashes which is set to commence on December 8 at The Gabba. Australia haven’t played much international cricket, especially Tests, this year and the format specialists will be eager to perform well in the domestic circuit and get back into the groove before the crucial series.
Australia’s last Test series was against India at home which they lost despite winning the opening game in Adelaide. Moreover, their unbeaten record at the Gabba was also halted by a spirited Indian side.