Glenn McGrath reveals Nathan Lyon’s reaction to fumble in Australia dressing room

Glenn McGrath says Nathan Lyon was ‘absolutely devastated’ after Australia’s defeat to England (Picture: Getty)

Glenn McGrath has revealed that Nathan Lyon and the rest of Australia’s squad were ‘absolutely devastated’ in the changing room after they lost the third Ashes Test to England at Headingley.

The tourists appeared on the brink of retaining the urn as England collapsed to 286-9, losing five wickets for 41 runs, on a gripping fourth day in Leeds.

However, Ben Stokes dug in deep and produced one of the great Test match innings, scoring 135 not out from 219 balls – which included a 76-run partnership with number 11 Jack Leach – to level the series at 1-1 with the Old Trafford and Oval Tests remaining.

Australia did not help themselves after using up all their reviews meaning they were unable to send a subsequent appeal upstairs, from Lyon’s bowling, which DRS would have overturned.

Lyon also had a glorious chance to run Leach out at the non-striker’s end when England needed just two runs, but the off-spinner fumbled the ball allowing Stokes to take the hosts to victory.

Australia legend McGrath, who tried his best to console Tim Paine’s players, has painted a gloomy picture of the side’s dressing room in the aftermath of the defeat.

‘I saw Nathan Lyon after the game and you just think this game can be so cruel sometimes. Then you look at Ben Stokes and you think the total opposite. But, yeah, it’s the way it goes,’ he said on BBC Radio 5 live’s TMS at the Ashes.

‘I thought I’d pop into the changing rooms afterwards – everyone goes in when you have a win but when you have a loss everyone stays clear. But I just thought I would pop in and say, “Well done, bad luck”. Sometimes it’s a tough sport.

‘They were devastated, absolutely devastated and none more so than Nathan Lyon. He would have taken that 99 times out of 100 but pressure does funny things.

McGrath tried to console Australia’s players at Headingley (Picture: Getty)

‘I was sitting in that dressing room and I’ve been in that situation a couple of times – not quite as harsh as that – and I just think I hope these boys remember this moment, how bad it feels and it motivates you to do whatever you can not to get in this situation again so hopefully the boys will remember it

‘A few of the guys were saying, “Just try not to remember it, let’s move on”. But no, they need that moment.

‘Use it as motivation for the rest of their career let alone the next Test match.’

Ricky Ponting backed Lyon to bounce back from his costly mistake and urged the rest of Australia’s players to rally around the spin bowler.

‘He’ll feel terrible at the moment, he’ll feel like he’s let his team down but that happens in the game. He’s won so many games for Australia as well,’ the ex-Australia captain told

‘He’s got 350-odd Test wickets, so he’s done lots right through his career.

‘And we’ve all had moments like that where you’ve dropped a catch or missed a run-out or played a bad shot at the wrong time and you do feel bad about it for a while.

‘But it’s up to his mates to get him up. That’s the bottom line.’

Stokes produced one of the great Test match innings in Leeds (Picture: Getty)

Australia skipper Paine called on Lyon to recover from his fumble and lead from the front ahead of the two remaining Test matches.

‘He’s a really important player in our side and I said to him that if our players see him dealing with it really quickly and moving on then our younger players are going to do the same,’ he said.

‘We then turn up to Manchester or our next training session in a much better frame of mind rather than have guys sulking or whatever you want to call it.

‘It hurts, deal with it, move on.’

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