Mon. Sep 21st, 2020

You get a lot of care, a lot of love, a lot of laughter – Nathan Lyon

Nathan LyonAustralia have gone all live laugh love on us but the good ship Mate is apparently staffed by a jolly crew.

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In a recent interview with the ICC Nathan Lyon lifted the lid on an Australia dressing room that he says is the best environment he has ever played in.

Much has been said and written about Australia’s dressing room culture after the sandpaper ball tampering scandal rocked cricket in the country and had the Prime Minister calling for resignations.

The resignations would come as Steve Smith and David Warner were stood down from leadership and banned for a year and coach Darren Lehmann quit his post.

Australia World Cup Squad

Lehmann’s replacement Justin Langer has brought a different approach to the top job in Australia, and despite being part of one of the most aggressive Baggy Green side’s in history, his presence has been a big part of transforming the team environment.

“This is probably the tightest team I’ve ever been a part of,” declares Lyon to the ICC. “You get a lot of care, a lot of love, a lot of laughter, which helps you play a great brand of cricket.”

Lyon has formed a key part of that dressing room despite not playing that much ODI cricket and occupying the number two spinner spot behind Adam Zampa.

Just how genuine the apparent change in team culture is remains to be seen but the players appear to be on board.

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“We say ‘we’ instead of ‘me’,” Zampa explains their philosophy. Adam Zampa of Australia poses during an Australia ICC One Day World Cup Portrait Session on May 07, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Allrounder Marcus Stoinis also insists that he is having the most fun he has ever had as a cricketer in this group, feeling that the squad is like a group of mates.

“The way we get on off the field, the way we look after each other on the field, the way we celebrate every wicket, the most fun I have playing cricket is being with my mates, watching them do well.” said Stoinis.

“You want to make sure they’re under the wing of the team, that we all go through that whatever we go through from now on, together.

“Mateship is so important. Maybe it’s not always been as important as it is now. But your perspective changes as you go through things.

“Cricket doesn’t last forever. Your memory of how good a player you were doesn’t last forever, but the relationships you build with people, the friendships you create, the support you give your teammates, that’s the most important thing.”

The Australia team has improved vastly in the last year and currently look like contenders for the top four of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Australia kick off their World Cup campaign in a a day/night clash with Afghanistan in Bristol on Saturday. The match starts at 14:30 SAST.

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