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Paine calls for Lyon to bounce back

26th August 2019, 13:03 by Tom McGarry

Australia captain Tim Paine says Nathan Lyon must move on quickly from his mistake during Australia's defeat to England at Headingley.

The Aussies appeared to be in pole position to take a 2-0 lead in the series that would have been enough to see them retain the Ashes, as they had England at 286-9 on Sunday, with the hosts needing to reach 359 to claim what seemed an unlikely victory.

However, an unbeaten knock of 135 from Ben Stokes helped seal one of the most dramatic Test wins in Ashes history, as England levelled the series at 1-1 and made sure everything is still to play for ahead of the final two Tests at Old Trafford and The Oval.

It could have been so different for Australia, however, as they had an opportunity to run-out Stokes' batting partner Jack Leach at the non-striker's end, but Lyon fluffed his lines and handed England what proved a costly reprieve.

The off-spinner will now be looking to move on from the error and his skipper believes, if he can bounce back quickly, then it will be a good example to rest of the group, as they look to turn their focus to next week's fourth Test at Old Trafford.

"He's a really important player in our side and I said to him that if our players see him dealing with it really quickly and moving on then our younger players are going to do the same," Paine said.

"We then turn up to Manchester or our next training session in a much better frame of mind rather than have guys sulking or whatever you want to call it. It hurts, deal with it, move on."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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