Nathan Lyon reveals Australian and English players had a heated confrontation at Lord’s over Jonny Bairstow’s hit
- Lyon revealed that both teams met in the dining room
- Spinner says he tried to calm things down
- He described the mood in the Long Room as remarkable
Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has revealed how the fallout from Jonny Bairstow’s controversial hit later spilled over into the Lord’s dining room during the second Test.
Bairstow was dismissed 15 minutes before half-time on the final day, with Australia goalkeeper Alex Carey knocking over the stumps after the batsman dodged the last ball of the over and went off to speak to teammate Ben Stokes.
The wicket was upheld by television umpire Marais Erasmus, who deemed the ball not dead, but Bairstow and his teammates felt the ruling and the Australians’ decision not to rescind their appeal went against the spirit of the game.
The Australian team was met with a torrent of insults as they left the field and as they entered the Long Room from members of the MCC.
Lord’s dining room is shared, so soon both teams met face to face again and exchanged words.
Offspinner Nathan Lyon has explained how the fallout from Bairstow’s stumping spilled over into Lord’s dining room
Lyon said he moved between opposing players in the dining room to try to calm things down.
“There were some Australian guys and some English guys in the dining room and I hobbled on my crutches and stood in the middle and tried to calm things down a bit.” Lyon told the Willow Talk podcast.
‘Jonny (Bairstow) had a few words here or there. That’s all part of it, I’m all for it.
Lyon also stated that he had no problem with the way Bairstow was sacked.
“I was in the locker room and I just blew up. I was like ‘how cool. Suck eggs. That comes out every day,’ she said.
Lyon said he was surprised by the behavior of the MCC members in the Long Room, which later led to calls for security.
“The emotions in the room were quite remarkable,” Lyon said.
“Everyone’s jaws dropped, but they found it funny because you walk through that Long Room and you have a better chance of getting sued than getting hit. So, you look at it like this and all these guys abusing you, and you think ‘what’s going on here?’
“It was pretty fun all around.”
Lyon said he had no problem with the way Bairstow was sacked on the final day, saying he was “out every day”.
Australian players were abused by MCC members in the Long Room, which Lyon found ‘hilarious’
Lyon also recounted how a spectator approached him crying to apologize for the mistreatment the Australians were receiving.
In fact, an older lady came up to me crying, an English lady crying from the main members area, and she said, “I have to go home.” I just want to apologize to you Australian cricketers for the way everyone reacted inside Lord’s’, Lyon said.
‘I just told him not to worry about it, we’re all good, we’re not worried about being sleds.’ But I realized that Ashes cricket can affect so many different people in different ways and just people’s actions can affect so many different people as well.
“It was a nice moment but an awkward moment with the lady really crying over everything.”
The fourth Ashes test begins in Manchester on Wednesday at 8pm AEST.