Nathan Lyon’s Ashes could be over after ‘significant’ calf strain is confirmed

Nathan Lyon’s possibilities of enjoying any additional half within the Ashes look slim after Cricket Australia confirmed he had suffered a “important” calf strain.

Lyon had arrived on the third morning at Lord’s on crutches after he needed to be helped off the pitch on Thursday night after pulling up with a calf downside throughout his fielding stint within the deep.

The Australia spinner, enjoying his one centesimal consecutive Check, regarded distraught as he hobbled across the boundary edge and, when he joined his team-mates on the floor on Friday morning, his reliance on crutches raised alarm bells over his possibilities of being match for the final three Checks of the collection.

A Cricket Australia spokesperson mentioned: “Nathan Lyon has been identified with a big calf strain. He would require a interval of rehabilitation after this match is concluded.

“A choice relating to his availability for the rest of the collection will be made on the conclusion of the sport.”

Lyon had a scan on Thursday evening earlier than an extra evaluation befell forward of day three getting beneath method, however no grading has been connected to his calf strain.

The 35-year-old additionally wore a compression sock on the pitch forward of play and it now appears virtually not possible that he’ll be in a position to affect the continued match, regardless of not being dominated out of batting.

With a three-day turnaround earlier than the third Check at Headingley, Lyon is anticipated to overlook out and the congested schedule of this Ashes could imply his collection is over.

Crew-mate Steve Smith admitted he was not optimistic when requested concerning the harm on the finish of day two.

“Clearly it didn’t look good,” he mentioned.

“I imply it doesn’t look supreme for the remainder of the sport. I’m undecided how he really is, but when he is no good, it is clearly a giant loss for us.

“Fingers crossed he is okay but it surely didn’t look good.”

Australia have three part-time spinners who could be requested to choose up a share of the workload over the following three days, with Smith joined by Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne.

Todd Murphy, 22, made his debut through the away collection in India earlier this 12 months and would be in line for a promotion if Lyon is dominated out of the Ashes as anticipated.

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