As anticipation builds for the first Test between Australia and Pakistan at Perth’s Optus Stadium on December 14, spinner Nathan Lyon has sought to downplay any perceived tensions with former teammate Mitchell Johnson. Recent comments by Johnson regarding David Warner prompted headlines, but Lyon has expressed a desire for an amicable interaction during the event.

On-Field Reunion: Lyon and Johnson

Nathan Lyon, who has recently recovered from an injury sustained during the 2023 Ashes, is expected to feature in the playing XI alongside fellow teammate David Warner. In contrast, Mitchell Johnson is set to join the broadcast team for Test coverage. With both Lyon and Warner likely to be on the field, attention not only centres on their performance but also on the camaraderie they display.

*”If he’s around the ground I’ll say hello to him, I’ve got no dramas with saying hello. He was pretty incredible in that 2013-14 Ashes, and I’ve got some very fond memories of it, that’s for sure,”* Lyon stated ahead of the first Test, as quoted by Sydney Morning Herald.

Nathan Lyon, Australia’s premier spinner in Test cricket for almost a decade, boasts an impressive record of 122 Test matches and 496 wickets. Despite his recent injury, Lyon offered his presence in the Australian squad for the World Cup 2023, showcasing his commitment to the team’s cause.

Johnson’s Column Ignites Controversy

The recent headlines originated from Mitchell Johnson’s critical comments about David Warner receiving a home farewell in red-ball cricket despite perceived struggles and the sandpaper gate controversy. Johnson questioned the rationale behind Warner nominating his retirement date and expressed disappointment at not receiving a text message acknowledging his contribution.

“Why a struggling Test opener gets to nominate his own retirement date. And why a player at the centre of one of the biggest scandals in Australian cricket history warrants a hero’s send-off? … his past three years in Test cricket have been ordinary, with a batting average closer to what a tail-ender would be happy with,” wrote Johnson in his column.

As the cricketing world turns its attention to the Australia vs Pakistan Test, Nathan Lyon’s comments signal a desire for a friendly atmosphere, dismissing any lingering tensions. The focus remains on the players’ performances and the spirit of sportsmanship, emphasizing the camaraderie that defines the cricketing community.

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