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“Nathan Lyon was the one who started it all off today”
Australia vice-captain and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin admitted that the dismissal of England batsman Jonathan Trott proved to be the game-changer on the second day of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.
Haddin also lauded off-spinner Nathan Lyon for dismissing Ian Bell and Matt Prior in successive deliveries.
“I think that was a big momentum swing,” Haddin said. “We didn’t put the ball quite where we liked, we probably just tried too hard, we searched for wickets a little bit at the start, so that was the big wicket leading into the break, and once we came out we got our lengths right and executed our plans. So that was a big momentum swing for us.
“It gives your bowlers a lot of confidence. We’ve all got plans and England have plans for us. It’s no shock to anyone now with all the video analysis and TV, but the thing is you’ve got to execute them. We’ve done that now in England and the first Test here, so it’s pleasing that it worked again. It’s good when a plan comes together and it works, but the bowlers have got to be good enough.
“It’s good to have someone like Mitch in your side, but Nathan Lyon was the one who started it all off today. I thought we built some good pressure leading up to Nathan Lyon’s two big breakthroughs and Mitchell Johnson letting some go. You have to earn the right to have sessions like that and I thought we built the pressure quite well.
“We probably didn’t start with the ball the way we would have liked, so Billy told the bowlers in no uncertain terms where he wanted things to be at lunch, and we came back after the break and got our lengths right, which was pleasing to see. Billy has come back into the system leading into this Test. He was pretty good during the break to tell the bowlers where they needed to go. Pitch it up.”
Haddin also scored a magnificent 94 before being run out in the morning session of the second day and he conceded that it was “probably as well as I’ve played in Test cricket”.
“That’s probably as well as I’ve played in Test cricket,” Haddin said. “I was pretty comfortable yesterday and with Mitch it was a tough period there. You would obviously like three figures but to get in a position we put the team is probably more important than three figures for myself.
“When you get milestones it means you start to get more milestones behind you than you do in front of you. I’m just concentrating on where this game’s going. Those sort of stats are well and good once you’ve given the game away, but it’s important now we keep playing the cricket we want over the next three days and get us in the best position we can tomorrow.”