Ashes 2017 -18: Nathan Lyon denies talks of Australia losing the grip in Melbourne Test

Lyon picked up 3 wickets in the first England innings in Melbourne.

Lyon is hopeful of winning the Melbourne Test. (AFP)

Though England right now might have an upper hand in the Melbourne Test match, Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has denied reports of being in the back foot in the Test match so far.

In a news conference post the second day’s play Nathan Lyon told reporters that they have certainly not eased up after the series win and in this Test match as well. England are well placed in this Test match with a lead of 130 plus and still going strong with Cook batting past his fifth double ton.

"Our training preparation was exceptional, we missed out in the first innings a little bit, but our preparation was exceptional over Christmas and into the first day.

"There's never a dead rubber if you ask me. You're playing Test match cricket for your country, you want to go out and play well."

"There was going to be a time in this series where they stand up," Lyon added. "As a bowling attack we've been happy to take Cook's wicket early but he showed his class today.

"Credit to England, they're two world-class batters on a pretty flat wicket. I'm pretty proud of the bowlers' efforts, the way we stuck at it” concluded Lyon.

With Cook and Stuart Broad both back in form, England who have already lost the series might fancy their chances of a comeback in the series by winning the Melbourne Test.

By Anshuman Roy - 28 Dec, 2017

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