Nathan Lyon wants Australia to complete 5-0 whitewash over England as spinner says there are ‘no dead rubbers’ in the Ashes with the team also targeting World Test Championship points
- Australia have also retained the Ashes following their victory in Melbourne
- But spinner Nathan Lyon wants his team to go on and whitewash England 5-0
- Lyon, who has 12 wickets in the series, insisted there are no meaningless games
- He also wants Australia to reach the next World Test Championship final
- They moved top of the rankings after completing their three-day third Test win
Ruthless Nathan Lyon wants Australia to whitewash England in the Ashes and insists there are ‘no dead rubbers’ in a series between such bitter rivals.
Australia have already retained the urn following their innings victory over England in Melbourne last week, taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
Off-spinner Lyon now wants Australia to repeat the 5-0 thrashings achieved on home territory in 2006-07 and 2013-14 with two Tests remaining in Sydney and Hobart.
Nathan Lyon wants Australia to go on and complete a 5-0 series whitewash over England
The spinner celebrates with Scott Boland after Australia retained the Ashes in Melbourne
There is also the added factor of World Test Championship points, which would boost Australia’s chances of making the final in 2023.
‘I have never considered [a match] a dead rubber when you wear the baggy green and go out and represent Australia in a Test match,’ Lyon, who has 12 wickets in the series, said.
‘So there’s no dead rubbers. Firstly because it’s the Test Championship but another one, we want to go five-nil up.
‘Obviously the Ashes for me is the pinnacle, but I’d love to be part of the Test Championship final, whether that’s at Lord’s or wherever it may be in the world. [There is] a lot of work to do to get there.’
Lyon has taken 12 wickets in the Ashes series so far with two Tests left to complete
Australia lead the World Test Championship standings after their innings and 14 run win over England in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne.
England are playing for pride but Lyon appreciates that individuals still have ambitions in the final two Tests. For example, England captain Joe Root wants his first century in Australia.
‘He has not scored a century but he’s got off to some decent starts and he’s made some decent scores,’ Lyon said of Root.
Lyon wants Australia to reach the next final of the World Test Championship in 2023
‘Our job is to try and restrict and try and remove each and every batter that comes out there…and I think we’ve been doing a really good job in that at the moment.
‘I don’t want to rest on our heels or anything like that. We want to get better… and try and put Joe under a lot more pressure when he first comes to the crease so he doesn’t get a start.
‘But at the end of the day, he’s a world-class player.’