The pink ball appeared to be cannoning to the off-side boundary as soon as it shot off Stokes’ bat, the damaging all-rounder punching the back-of-a-length Starc delivery with power off his back foot.
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But Lyon, not only Australia’s greatest off-spinner in Test history but a brilliant fielder in the gully-point region, cut the ball off in a remarkable moment at Bellerive Oval.
Starc and his teammates were stunned at what Lyon had done.
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“What a catch that is from Nathan Lyon,” Warne said on Fox Cricket.
“He’s absolutely creamed this, Ben Stokes. He thought it was four the minute it left the bat.
“But, somehow, Nathan Lyon anticipated this and took an absolute screamer … Low, you look at how hard he hits this, Ben Stokes, inches off the ground. Good catch from Nathan Lyon … Super catch.”
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Former England captain Michael Vaughan added: “Brilliant from Nathan Lyon”.
On a chaotic 17-wicket day, England were bowled out for 188 in reply to Australia’s first-innings total of 303.
Australia lead the series 3-0.
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