Australia skipper Tim Paine says spinner Nathan Lyon can still win his battle with Ben Stokes during the remainder of the Ashes series.
All-rounder Stokes has rescued England’s chances of winning the Ashes this summer after a couple of superb knocks in the last two Tests.
His unbeaten 115 helped the hosts secure a draw at Lord’s before his heroic 135 not out at Headingley levelled the series at 1-1.
Stokes was lucky on occasions after several dropped catches, while Australia also failed – or were unable to – send incorrect ‘not out’ verdicts upstairs for review.
Despite the setback in Leeds, Paine believes Lyon will still get the better of the Durham star.
He told Sky Sports: “Holding our chances would be a good start. Nathan Lyon, in the last two Tests alone, has got him out five or six times had we held our catches or referred our lbws.
“Lyon is still a huge weapon against him, and there are 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, and he puts bowlers under pressure and makes them and captains do things that they wouldn’t normally do.
“That’s a huge weapon that England have got and one that we’ve got to try to contain in the next two Test matches.”
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