‘We’ve got a lot of hard work to do’, says Nathan Lyon

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“We’ve got a big job to do”

Despite only needing 201 runs over the next two days to win the fourth Test in Melbourne, Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon still believes the baggy greens have “got a lot of hard work to do”.

Lyon noted that it would become extremely hard for the batsmen to score runs after the 30th over.

“It was a great effort today, it was a great day of Test match cricket,” Lyon told Sky Sports. “But we’ve got a lot of hard work to do, we know the trend of the game – with the new ball it’s been easier to score and then it’s been pretty hard to score after about 30 overs.

“So we’ve got a big job to do, hopefully we can put a couple of big partnerships together, be patient and see how we go.”

Lyon also admitted that Australia “weren’t worried” when England’s opening pair of captain Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry amassed a 65-run partnership at the beginning of the second innings.

“We weren’t worried, it was a good challenge,” he said. “Cook’s a fantastic batsman, we know that. We just had to be patient and we knew if we could hang in there and bowl in partnerships, hopefully we could crack the game open.”

When asked what it felt like to take his 100th Test wicket, Lyon said: “I’m not sure if it’s sunk in just yet, but it’s something pretty special and something I’m very proud of. I’ve been lucky enough to do it at a pretty great venue here at the MCG.”

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