Ashes 2023 has all possible reasons to grab the limelight of viewers & one such reason is the return of England’s prolific spinner Moeen Ali who has returned to the Test setup. Moeen Ali who took retirement from Test format bounced back into the squad after Spinner Jack Leach sustained a stress fracture in his lower back.
Right in his comeback fixture, he went on to bowl the highest number of overs bn a bowler in their first innings. He bowled around 33 overs & took two wickets in the process. But bowling after so long in the red ball format cost him much as he suffered blisters on his fingers. He was also charged a 25% of the match fee fine for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct after he was applying a drying agent on his finger. After witnessing Ali’s situation, Australia’s star spinner Nathan Lyon came forward to sympathize with him & stated that he is sad about Moeen’s condition.
“It’s massive, to be honest with yoctually sitting here and have a lot of sympathy for Moeen. Not coming off any red-ball cricket for two years and thrown into bowling a lot of overs. The best way I can probably sum it up, and it will probably sound weird, is a singer losing their vocals but expecting to go out and put a concert on,” Nathan Lyon was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.
Further, Nathan Lyon also explained that he understands Moeen Ali’s situation & it is tough for off-spinners to grip the ball with blisters in hand.
“It is extremely tough to grip the ball as finger spinners, especially as offices, we put our fingers on the seam and try to spin up the back of the ball. That’s where we get to spin, drop, and drift. So a lot of sympathy for him, I’ve been there before, it is quite painful,” Lyon added.
Ashes 2023, ENG vs AUS 1st Test: Australia just needs 174 runs to win the match
The first Test of Ashes 2023 is evenly poised with Australia needed 174 runs on Day 5 to win the fixture. David Warner will resume the innings on Day 5 & Australia will try their best to chase the runs & win the first Test of the iconic series.