Nathan Lyon almost delivered a miracle for Australia in the first Test.
Nathan Lyon almost delivered a miracle for Australia in the first Test.

‘Transformed’ Lyon’s secret winter coaching sessions

NATHAN Lyon is being praised after almost producing a miracle to get Australia home in the first Test at Adelaide Oval on Monday.

The man affectionately known as 'The GOAT' (greatest of all time) to most cricket fans Down Under led a brilliant run chase to set up a fighting finish against India on day five.

Ultimately they couldn't get the job done, with Josh Hazlewood's wicket falling 31 runs shy of the opposition and handing India a 1-0 series lead.

But Lyon's unbeaten 38 runs from 47 balls was certainly a highlight for the baggy greens, and gave spectators an insight into the "transformed" off-spinner ... or is that all-rounder?

Fox Cricket commentator Kerry O'Keeffe revealed during the broadcast that Lyon's magnificent knock was the result of plenty of hard work last off-season.

O'Keeffe said Lyon had been getting coached by his brother Brendan, an experienced cricket coach and founder of "Lyon Cricket" which conducts clinics for young players.

Brendan has previously worked as a senior batting coach for Northern District Cricket Club, and he was reportedly more than happy to donate his time to help his Test star brother work on his willow game.

A dejected Nathan Lyon after the loss. Picture: Getty
A dejected Nathan Lyon after the loss. Picture: Getty

Lyon's batting average over his 81-Test career is only 12.51, but since last summer's Ashes series he's averaging 18.10 with the stick, including four not outs.

Senior News Corp cricket writer Robert Craddock believes Lyon has become a leader of the team in the absence of banned captains Steve Smith and David Warner.

And Craddock believes Lyon's newfound confidence and leadership is showing in both his bowling and his batting.

"It was third gear batting, not fourth or fifth; that's where he's so often ended up in the past, the fourth or fifth gear slogger," Craddock said of Lyon's innings on Monday.

"It's so true that Nathan Lyon is transformed as a personality in cricket. Remember the old Nathan Lyon six years ago, the No.11, have a swing Nathan ... an insecure bowler, he used to ask the keeper 'how am I bowling?'.

"He is so tough, nerveless. He is Australia's most mentally composed cricketer after previously being its most fragile."

News Corp Australia


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