India vs England: Australian spinner Nathan Lyon joins R Ashwin in solidarity on the track in Ahmedabad | Cricket News

SYDNEY: Nathan Lyon, his Australian counterpart, joined his Indian counterpart Ravichandran Ashwin in defending the favorable ground for the Ahmedabad tournaments where India hit England two days before the third day and night test on Thursday.
Several former England players questioned the suitability of the pitch after falling 30 wickets in five sessions in what was the shortest completed test match since 1935.
Ashwin threw up an angry defense of the track on Saturday, citing similar batting collapses in recent day-night testing, saying batsmen still weren’t used to the novelty of the pink ball.

The Lyon spinner was delighted with the turn and annoyed by the criticism of the terrain that offered it.
“We play at sewing kiosks all over the world and we eliminate each other for 47, 60. Nobody ever says anything (about the pitch),” Lyon said, as quoted by the Australian Associated Press.

“But as soon as it starts spinning, everyone seems to start crying about it.

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“I don’t understand. I totally agree, it was entertaining.”
The 33-year-old, himself a former pitch curator, said he was up all night watching the game.
“It was absolutely brilliant. I’m thinking of bringing this curator over to SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground).”
He was also amused by England’s decision to launch a fast-paced attack on a spinners paradise with Jack Leach as the sole spinner specialist.

India vs England: Australian spinner Nathan Lyon joins R Ashwin in solidarity on the track in Ahmedabad | Cricket News

The selection error was all the more obvious as part-time spinner and skipper Joe Root claimed his first five-wicket transfer.
“The best thing about this just passed test match is that England came in with four designers,” said Lyon.
“That will be enough for me. I don’t need to say more.”
Lyon’s views echoed Ashwin, who responded to claims that the Ahmedabad field was not a good surface as it was helping the spinners.
“What makes a good surface? Who defines that? Sew on the first day, then beat well, then turn the last two days? Come on, who makes all these rules? We have to get over it,” a Ashwin said.

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