Lyon: Bio-bubble is a very small sacrifice

Nathan Lyon

In a thinly-veiled dig at the India squad on tour to Australia, Baggy Greens spinner Nathan Lyon has stated being forced to remain inside a bio bubble is a small price to pay for playing international cricket.

Lyon wants the show to go on

Lyon’s comments come in the wake of several members of the Indian touring party speaking out about the mental challenges of having to remain inside a bio-secure bubble containing just teammates and support staff.

According to the 33-year-old, those who are having trouble with the life of an international cricket star in the current climate just need to suck it up.

“I know there’s a few people from both squads who have been in a bubble for close to six months now, but in my eyes, it’s a very small sacrifice for us to get out there and play the game that we love and put a lot of smiles on a lot of people’s faces around the world,” he said.

“It (bio-secure environments) has all been okay in my eyes. We just need to suck it up and get on with it. People make mistakes, we get that. But it’s just making sure we go out there and worry about what’s happening and try and prepare the best way we can for a Test match, and not look too much into anything else that the media’s blowing up.

“We’ve got to listen to the advice of our medical people, here at Cricket Australia we’re lucky we’ve got an amazing medical team but let’s just suck it up and get on with it and stop complaining.”

India not willing to travel

The state of the fourth Test between the two sides is a bit uncertain at the time of writing as India seem to have indicated they are not keen to travel to Brisbane from Sydney.

However, the Australian camp has stated they would prefer not to play two matches in a row in Sydney and no formal request to change venue had been received from the tourists.

“I’m not even thinking about not playing at the Gabba. Everyone keeps talking about the Gabba Test match but there’s a massive Test match in a couple of days at the SCG and that’s where all our focus is at the moment, he said.

“To be honest, I’m not really worried about what’s being reported. We’ve heard nothing as players, so we travel up to Sydney today and hopefully get the result we’re after and then straight on a plane up to Brissie and we’ll play up there. We all know how much we love playing cricket at the Gabba and we know our record there as well, so all plans are to go to the Gabba.”