Ashes 2023: How England play Nathan Lyon will be key, says Michael Vaughan as hosts look to build big lead

By India Today Sports Desk: Former England captain Michael Vaughan has said that the key for England will be how they play Australian spinner Nathan Lyon as the hosts look to build a lead on Day 3 of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

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Speaking to BBC Sports, Vaughan said the key for England will be how they pay Lyon, adding that if the Three Lions score over 250, it could be a very hard chase for Australia. England bowled out Australia for 386 and have two sessions of play to build a significant lead before the day’s end.

“I'd rather be in England's position. This Bazball approach against a world-class performer in Nathan Lyon. There has also been a little bit more for the seamers. The key is how England play Lyon. If they get over 250 it will be a very hard chase for Australia,” said Vaughan.

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He went on to say that England pacers Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Ollie Robinson have brought England back in the game. Robinson cleaned up Australia’s tail as the visitors lost their last four wickets for 14 runs in just 21 deliveries.

“Broad, Anderson and Robinson have brought England back into the contest. There was a stage earlier this morning where Australia were well on their way to a 50-60 run lead,” Vaughan added.

Meanwhile, former England skipper Alastair Cook said if England can score 300-320 runs in their second innings then the result could go in their favour. England declared at 393 for 8 in the first innings and went into their second innings with a slender seven-run lead.

“I think 270, England would snap your hand off for it. I think that gives you a really good chance. If you could push to 300, 320 for a fourth innings on a wearing wicket, it would make England very favourable,” said Cook.

England are currently at 26 for no loss in the second innings with rain playing spoilsport and stopping play on Day 3 at Edgbaston.

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