Lyon lets Australian public sing team song after Ashes triumph

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“I was speaking to Brad Haddin, who I’m pretty close with in the side, and we thought it would be a good idea”

Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon let the public join in on the team’s Ashes celebrations by singing the team song “Underneath the Southern Cross I Stand“.

Lyon sang the team song with the Australian public just minutes after the national team had picked up the last wicket they needed to whitewash England 5-0 and regain the Ashes for the first time in five years.

“That was pretty emotional to beat those guys 5-0, it was something we were all pretty proud of,” Lyon said. “I was speaking to Brad Haddin, who I’m pretty close with in the side, and we thought it would be a good idea. It hasn’t been done before. There was a lot of emotion running high and we thought it was a great time. I’ll give you the tip, it wasn’t the only time we sung the song. We got all the coaching staff and all the important people around us to be part of it [later] as well.”

Lyon sung the song over and over again since Australia had experienced a “tough start to 2013”, where they were whitewashed 4-0 by India and then thrashed 3-0 by England in the last Ashes series.

“It was a tough start to 2013,” Lyon said. “Throughout those nine Tests [in India and England] it wasn’t the best thing but we had the feeling that something special was building up and it was great to get the result in the Australian summer. Credit to Darren Lehmann and Michael Clarke, they’ve really brought us close together. It’s like a family out there and it’s an unbelievable team to be a part of.

“It’s the best bowling attack that I’ll ever play in. To have the backing of Michael Clarke, the skipper, but then you’ve got Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle and Shane Watson, it’s fantastic. We work well together and we don’t mind who takes the wickets, as long as we’re doing the right things by each other and helping each other out, we’ll keep going well.”

Speaking about the Australian bowling attack, it was the first time in the country’s history that they were able to take all 100 wickets in a five-Test series.

Lyon played a vital role as well, taking 19 wickets at a solid average of 29.36.

“Quicks certainly dominated this series and I was lucky enough to play a little bit of a role in hopefully helping those guys take some wickets as well,” he said. “I was lucky enough to be able to part of a great team and it’s something I’m pretty proud about.

“I feel really confident in my own skill set right now. The way they’re coming out you can’t ask for any more. There’s still a lot of work to do and a lot of places I want to go.”

When asked if he was looking forward to touring South Africa in February, Lyon said: “Not right now. I’m trying to recover and keep celebrating for a couple more days.”

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