Sport Ashes turns into a tale of two tweakers

02:56  07 december  2017
02:56  07 december  2017 Source:   MSN

Mitchell Marsh raring to go if called in Perth test

  Mitchell Marsh raring to go if called in Perth test Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh said he was ready to go if his improved batting in domestic cricket earned him the nod for the third Ashes test against England that starts in Perth on Thursday. The 26-year-old underwent shoulder surgery earlier this year and faced nine months on the sidelines but returned for Western Australia in October and scored 680 runs in all forms of cricket at an average of 68.He has scored two centuries, a 95 and 80 in his 14 innings and is expected to be in competition with Peter Handscomb for a position in the third test lineup.

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The Ashes 2017: Nathan Lyon easily winning spin battle as Moeen Ali continues to struggle. THE Ashes is turning into a tale of two tweakers .

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The Ashes is turning into a tale of two tweakers.

NICE GARRY: Nathan Lyon just took a screamer caught and bowled with his outstretched left hand

  NICE GARRY: Nathan Lyon just took a screamer caught and bowled with his outstretched left hand Nathan Lyon's second wicket of the day was an absolute screamer of a catch, diving across the wicket to his left after Moeen Ali spooned a leading edge back to the bowler.  Jonny Bairstow stood on the crease at the non-striker's, helpless, watching Lyon stretch out his left hand in front of him as hope for England fades faster than Brexit negotiations. Here's the catch. Nice, Garry.A flying GOAT! https://t.co/MboRNr0wWd #Ashes pic.twitter.com/smntfBTsGc— cricket.com.

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One, Australia's Nathan Lyon - Test cricket's most successful bowler this year who is tormenting the tourists.

The other, England's Mooen Ali - who not only has become Lyon's bunny when batting, but is battling to buy a wicket.

Lyon has 11 wickets at an average of 22.72 in Australia's two Ashes Test triumphs. Ali has two wickets at 98.

The four times Ali has batted this series, Lyon has dismissed him.

"Nathan is bowling as well I have seen him bowl," Australian captain Steve Smith said.

"He is hitting great lengths, he is very confident and he's bowling exceptionally well."

Lyon has taken 57 wickets in nine Tests this year; Ali has 32 victims from the same amount of games.

And while the Englishman is highly valued as an allrounder, his tour of Australia has been troublesome.

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Ali didn't play in the tourists' initial two tour games because of a side strain.

Nathan Lyon of Australia celebrates dismissing Moeen Ali of England. © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Nathan Lyon of Australia celebrates dismissing Moeen Ali of England. Then, he suffered a cut finger on his bowling hand during the first Test.

But his captain Joe Root is still backing the 30-year-old.

"Mooen over the last couple of years has become a vital part of our team and he is an outstanding cricketer," Root said.

"There are periods where you have a couple of bad games.

"But we know as a side how valuable he is to us and what he can produce.

"He has got to make sure that he continues doing the hard work he does in practice because you're only ever one ball away from things turning in your favour.

"I thoroughly believe that is the case with Mo."

Root said England would continue to work on countering Lyon, who has been downright miserly. A quarter of his overs this series have been maidens.

"He has performed very well," Root said of Lyon.

"I think more than anything it's about making sure you're really clear about how you're going about playing him individually."

Moeen a doubt for second Ashes test, says Root .
England all-rounder Moeen Ali is a doubt for the second Ashes test against Australia as he struggles to recover from a cut on his index finger, captain Joe Root said on Friday. Moeen, whose bowling was affected by the cut during England's 10-wicket defeat at the Gabba, would probably be retained as a batsman at Adelaide Oval in the match starting Saturday even if were unable to bowl, said Root.The skipper, however, would not rule out a potential test debut for legspinner Mason Crane, depending on the conditions and if Moeen was deemed unfit to play.

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