Once upon a time Glenn McGrath was the Australian cricket team’s undisputed pest.
Now it would seem the Australians are fighting for it.
Last Test it was Marcus Harris under attack as Usman Khawaja fired ice cubes during a drinks break whilst the debutant was being interviewed by Fox Sports.
Ahead of day three in Perth, it was team’s spearhead Mitchell Starc making a nuisance of himself.
With Nathan Lyon being interviewed by Mark Howard, Starc came from behind and pulled his teammates’ pants down.
“That’s all right — just get the sponsors in there,” said Lyon, before revealing his approach to bowling to Indian captain Virat Kohli.
“Obviously (he’s) one of the best players in the world, but we don’t fear him or I don’t fear him, I respect him, but it’s a great contest playing one of the great players of the game so it’s always a great challenge.”
When the cameras returned back to Fox Sports’ expert panel, Mark Waugh added: “Lucky it wasn’t Bevo (Michael Bevan) or Warnie (Shane Warne).
Starc’s antics came just moments after he was sledged by Lyon, as Australia’s greatest off-spin bowler relived his classic delivery on day two which turned out of the rough and sailed over the top of the off bail.
“Yeah I thought I was going to run around like Mitchell Starc did in the World Cup a couple of years ago if it knocked the off bail, but unfortunately it didn’t,” Lyon said.
Earlier, Lyon revealed the secret to his recent success with the bat, where he’s scored 71 runs and yet to be dismissed in the series from three knocks.
“I’m very lucky to have a cricket coach as a brother (Brendan),” Lyon said.
“He’s coached me probably since about 10 onwards.
“Especially over the last year, I really thought I better work on my batting and he’s been great to help me out with the new technique and I’m feeling a lot more confident at the crease.”
While Lyon wouldn’t go as far as advocating him for the Australia’s team batting coach role, which is held by former England batsman Graeme Hick, he said he had worked on not falling over at the crease.
“Nar, he’s definitely not getting that job,” Lyon said.
“I’ve stopped falling over and stopping getting hit in the pads. Usually I’ve got a magnet on my front pad. But hopefully he’s been able to take that out and hopefully I just keep working hard on it and keep playing my role in the Australian cricket — I’m really enjoying it.”
Published by Staff Writers, 16th December 2018 on foxsports.com.au