Fourth Ashes Test: Nathan Lyon reflects on his 4-42 which put Australia on top
Last Updated: 09/08/13 8:23pm
Nathan Lyon: Four-wicket haul
Nathan Lyon hopes Australia's batsmen can build on their strong start to the fourth Test after the spinner helped his side take control on the opening day at Durham.
Lyon, who came into the Australian side for the Test in Manchester last week, took 4-42 as Australia reduced England to 238-9 at the close.
England had been 107-1 after lunch but Lyon led the fightback for Australia, with only Alastair Cook reaching a half century for England.
James Anderson and Graeme Swann offered some resistance in the final hour with a last-wicket stand that has yet to be broken. But Lyon was delighted with his performance and the way in which Australia had maintained their momentum from the Old Trafford Test - when only the weather denied them victory.
"I was pretty happy with the way I bowled personally and we have a big job for the next four days," he told Sky Sports. "I was pretty happy with the way they came out today and I was happy enough to build some pressure from one end and let our quicks rotate from the other end.
Asked how crucial it was to maintain their momentum from Manchester, he said: "It was pretty important for us. We spoke about how well we went in Manchester. Unfortunately the weather was against us then but it was important to us to come out today and really continue with that same method and same momentum.
"It was a disappointing finish to be honest. But that is something we can come back and make amends with the bowling group tomorrow then let our batters hopefully do a couple of good days."
"We spoke about how well we went in Manchester. Unfortunately the weather was against us then but it was important to us to come out today and really continue with that same method and same momentum."
Lyon, who took 1-95 in Manchester, ripped through the England middle order, claiming the wickets of Jonathan Trott, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen, who had taken the game to Lyon before he was caught behind off the spinner.
Asked about his contest with Pietersen, he said: "I love it. That is the best thing about it. Credit goes to him because he took the game to me but I was lucky enough to come out on top today but cricket is a funny game."
Lyon also praised his captain, Michael Clarke, for supporting him with some attacking fields and sound advice.
"Pups (Clarke) has been awesome," he said. "He is a very attacking captain and he is a great leader. The way he plays spin bowling has certainly helped the way I have bowled in my career."