Kohli being hit on the helmet was ‘a positive thing’, says Nathan Lyon

"We know the helmets work and now have the confidence that our quicks can bowl the bouncer again"

“We know the helmets work and now have the confidence that our quicks can bowl the bouncer again”

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Australia spinner Nathan Lyon has announced that it was “a positive thing” to see Indian stand-in captain Virat Kohli get hit on the helmet.

Kohli was hit on the helmet by left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson the very first ball he faced before going on to score a scintillating century.

“It has probably been a positive thing, as bad as that sounds,” Lyon said. “Your heart skipped a beat and I went to everyone just to ask if they were okay.

“But we know the helmets work and now have the confidence that our quicks can bowl the bouncer again.”

When asked about Johnson’s mindset after he hit Kohli, Lyon said: “He’s feeling good and I can guarantee he’s going to come out and fire in the second innings and have that aggression that we all love him for.”

Since Australia were able to dismiss Kohli for 115 right at the end of the day, Lyon believes that the match is “pretty even-stevens” at the moment.

“It’s pretty even-stevens, really,” he said. “It was a great breakthrough with Virat’s wicket and it was good to see Mitch get some reward for some pretty hard toil with the ball.

“If Virat [didn’t] play that shot it probably leans towards them, but now they’re five down and we’ve still got a lead of 140 or so.

“So if we come out and bowl well, hopefully we can get a good solid lead.”

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