Sport Lyon-Root battle a fitting end to Ashes

21:00  07 january  2018
21:00  07 january  2018 Source:   MSN

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  Root to bat on despite finger England say Joe Root will resume his innings on day five of the fifth Ashes Test despite being injured when struck on the hand by Mitchell Starc.England have brushed off concerns about Joe Root's injured finger, saying he will resume his innings on day five of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney on Monday.

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Past battles … Lyon and Ali’s only previous Ashes battle came in the summer of 2015 as England went on to regain the Ashes with a 3-2 series win. “The pacemen have a long line of injury problems so Lyon will be the go-to guy for Steve Smith when he wants someone to tie up an end .

Australian captain Steve Smith celebrates catching out England captain Joe Root (left) from the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 14 runs on Day 4.© AAP Image Australian captain Steve Smith celebrates catching out England captain Joe Root (left) from the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 14 runs on Day 4.

This summer started in earnest when Nathan Lyon and Joe Root squared off with Ashes barbs, now the combatants will go head to head on the final day of the five-Test series.

Root suffered a hand injury when he was struck on the gloves by a Mitchell Starc delivery at the SCG on Sunday but England's captain is expected to bat on Monday.

The tourists will resume at 4-93 on day five of the final Test, requiring a further 210 runs to make Australia bat again.

Root, who is 42 not out, looms as the biggest barrier the hosts must knock over to finish with a 4-0 series win.

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Lyon, who claimed two wickets on day four, looms as Australia's biggest weapon on a pitch that is offering plenty of turn.

The offspinner was responsible for the first of many Ashes spotfires to have ignited since England arrived.

Lyon told reporters about Australia's desire to end careers and turned the heat up on Root, highlighting how he was dropped four years ago after a miserable Ashes campaign.

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Australian spinner Nathan Lyon , on Monday, sent out a forewarning to the Joe Root -led England Cricket Team that the Kangaroos are ready to " end careers" of the tourists like they did in their last Ashes visit when they will meet in the upcoming Ashes 2017-18 down under.

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Root fired back.

"That's not how I'd want my players to go about things," Root said at the time.

"I played club cricket with him in Prospect (South Australia) and, at the time, we weren't sure who was the first spinner."

Lyon is understood to have been unimpressed with the comparison between Root's part-timers and the offbreaks delivered by Australia's second-most prolific Test spinner.

Lyon trapped Dawid Malan lbw on Sunday, while he bowled Alastair Cook with a beautiful delivery that turned sharply and hit the top of off stump.

"The wicket is definitely suiting him," Shaun Marsh said.

"He bowled really well today and showed his class. Hopefully tomorrow he can come out and get a few breakthroughs early."

England assistant coach Paul Farbrace admitted his side has struggled to escape Lyon's "strangehold" throughout the series.

""He's had a massive effect on this series and probably, along with Steve Smith, been their star performer," Farbrace said.

"He's allowed their seamers to have decent periods of rest but he's always been a threat, always taken important wickets."

Australia close on victory in Sydney test .
<p>England openers Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman went cheaply inside the first six overs of their second innings with James Vince (18) and Dawid Malan (five) following in the final session.</p>Australia were closing on an innings victory with England fighting a desperate rearguard on 93 for four at stumps on the fourth day of the fifth Ashes test on Sunday, still 210 runs from forcing their hosts to bat again.


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