Fearless Lyon cracks everyone up
ENGLAND opening batsman Rory Burns has predicted his team's bowlers will dish out their fair share of short stuff after the hosts copped a bouncer barrage from Australia's quicks on day two of the second Ashes Test at Lord's.
Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer were all peppered with short stuff as Pat Cummins in particular was given the task of roughing up his fast bowling rivals.
Burns didn't escape unscathed either, copping a couple of brutal blows on the body as he made 53 in England's total of 258 all out, but he knew what was coming after Nathan Lyon tipped him off about the impending chin music just a few balls into the day's play.
The Aussie pacemen took action after Lyon's quip, but England has got the potential to land some punches of its own.
"I think Nathan Lyon ran past this morning and mentioned it (expecting bouncers) within about three balls, so I was well versed and prepared for what I was getting," Burns said after play.
"It's quite an obvious tactic of what they're doing so the boys are preparing for it and luckily we can dish out some of our own in this game as well.
"We've got some boys in our armoury that do the same thing, so it should be pretty interesting."
Archer is making his Test debut and was given a rough welcome to the crease.
At one stage when facing Cummins, the Aussies didn't have a single fielder in front of square on the off side, meaning no delivery was going to land in the debutant's half of the pitch.
A Cummins short ball eventually dismissed Archer for 12 as he spooned a catch to gully off the shoulder of his bat, but Burns believed revenge wouldn't be too far away.
"He copped a fair few as well, so he's probably looking forward to getting his own back," he said.
It was an obvious plan to go short at England. Joe Denly copped a nasty hit on the helmet from a Josh Hazlewood bouncer and Chris Woakes was also pinged in the head by Cummins, who dismissed him later in the same over when he gloved a short ball down the leg side to Tim Paine.
The field for Archer was rare but to an extent mirrored an earlier field set by captain Tim Paine, who at one stage had men in the deep on the leg side, a leg gully, short leg and mid-wicket.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain described it on commentary for Sky Sports as a "Bradman-esque Bodyline" field and when asked if he was looking forward to going out to bat and facing short stuff in retaliation, Lyon had reporters cracking up.
"Mate, I can't bat, so what do you reckon? What do you reckon?" Lyon joked after play as journalists broke out in laughter.
"Mate I can't bat. I'm a No.10, No.11 batter, I've got an average of 10.
"They've got a world-class bowling attack. It's Jofra's first Test but he's a world-class bowler. We all know that, you know that, the whole world knows that.
"Broad, same thing. So of course it's going to be challenging, but that's Test cricket, that's why we play it.
"Even though I can't bat I'll go out and give it a go, unless you want to do it for me?"
Lyon didn't recall his quip to Burns but it may come back to haunt him if he receives a vicious reception when he strolls out to bat.
Australia went to stumps at 1-30 after Broad bowled David Warner for three late in the day.
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