ENG vs AUS Ashes 2023: Why is Nathan Lyon Not Playing England vs Australia 4th Test? Check AUS Playing XI

Updated on: Jul 19, 2023 2:16 pm IST

Nathan Lyon Not Playing ENG vs AUS Ashes 2023 4th Test

Australia will once again be taking the field in the fourth Test match of the Ashes 2023 battle against England without their premier off-spinner Nathan Lyon who is unavailable due to a calf injury. The Pat Cummins-led Australian team will definitely be aiming to make a strong fightback after their poor 3-wicket loss at the hands of England in the third Test match. However, Australia will be very much confident of their chances as they are leading the five-match Test series by 2-1 margin and they have not lost an Ashes Test match at the Emirates Old Trafford Manchester in the last 42 years.

Why is Nathan Lyon Not Playing England vs Australia 4th Test?

Unfortunately, the visiting Australian team will not have Nathan Lyon part of the AUS playing 11 for the ENG vs AUS Ashes 2023 4th Test match beginning from Wednesday. The senior Australian off-spinner has been ruled out from the remainder of the Ashes 2023 five-match Test series with a calf injury. During the second day of the second Test match, Lyon suffered a calf tear while fielding, which prevented him from bowling for the remainder of the game. However, displaying remarkable courage, he still took the field to bat in the second innings. Lyon’s exceptional performance as an Australian off-spinner resulted in him claiming an impressive 8 wickets during the opening Test match held at Edgbaston.

In his absence, Australia played young off-spinner Todd Murphy in the third Test match against England but he was hardly utilised well with the ball as the majority bowling was done by the pace bowlers. Therefore, Australia have dropped Murphy and are going with an all-pace bowling attack, having announced playing xi in the fourth Ashes 2023 Test match.

AUS Playing XI

1. David Warner
2. Usman Khawaja
3. Marnus Labuschagne
4. Steve Smith
5. Travis Head
6. Mitchell Marsh
7. Cameron Green

8. Alex Carey (wk)
9. Pat Cummins (C)
10. Mitchell Starc

11. Josh Hazlewood

Australia squad for Ashes 2023 4th Test

Pat Cummins (captain), Steve Smith (vice-captain), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, David Warner.

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