Tim Paine believes Nathan Lyon remains a "huge weapon" against Ben Stokes

The Australia captain has also urged his side to hold on to their catches and believes that there are weaknesses in the England allrounder's game despite his matchwinning knock at Headingley


Australia captain Tim Paine believes offspinner Nathan Lyon remains a 'huge weapon' against Ben Stokes despite the England allrounder's matchwinning knock at Headingley.

Marcus Harris dropped Stokes on 116 on the final day of the third Ashes Test match in Leeds, while Lyon appeared to trap him lbw the over before he hit the winning runs to seal a memorable win, but Joel Wilson refused to raise his finger and Australia had used up all of their reviews.

However Paine, 34, maintains that his side have enough in the locker to deal with the England allrounder but has warned his side they must improve on their catching for the remainder of the series.

"We've looked at, I think Nathan Lyon in the last two Tests alone has got him [Stokes] out five or six times, had we held our catches or referred our lbws," Paine said

"Lyono's [Lyon] still a huge weapon against him, and there's some things we've spoken about with our fast bowlers where we think we can do things a little better than him.

"But he's a world class player, he puts bowlers under pressure, and makes them do things and captains do things that you wouldn't normally do. That's a huge weapon England have got, and one we've got to try and contain in the last two Test matches."


Paine, who is being rested for the ongoing tour game against Derbyshire, has also stated that while the mistakes of Headingley have been discussed and debated, the Australians are prepared for whatever comes their way at Old Trafford on September 4.

"I think you've just got to address it, we had some honest conversations and we know we made some errors as a team and as individuals, but we can't be holding onto that, we're in the middle of a massive series and it can happen," he said.

"We've moved on, we're ready for Manchester, the group's in a really good spot, if we were 1-1 I think most people would've taken it.

"Without Steve Smith playing, I don't think we were given any chance of winning that Test match … most people wrote us off in that Test, so we're tracking OK."




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