The opening Test witnessed Australia’s two-wicket victory, thanks to an extraordinary ninth-wicket partnership between Lyon and captain Pat Cummins. Lyon joined Cummins at the crease with England just two wickets away from victory. However, their unbeaten 44-run partnership secured the win for Australia, giving them a 1-0 lead in the fiercely anticipated Ashes series.
Despite their recent battle on the cricket field, Anderson and Lyon set aside their differences to participate in the first pitches. Both players appeared in their respective cricket kits and simultaneously threw the ceremonial balls to start the event.
While Lyon appeared enthusiastic, Anderson, known for his reserved nature, seemed less expressive. Nevertheless, he managed a smile as Lyon approached him. Lyon sported the St. Louis Cardinals’ kit, while Anderson represented the Chicago Cubs. The crowd applauded as they successfully threw the pitches, with Anderson’s catcher being Patrick Wisdom and Lyon’s being Andrew Knizner.
Collectively, Anderson and Lyon have an impressive tally of 1,182 Test wickets. Anderson leads the way for England with a record-breaking 686 wickets, while Lyon holds the top spot for Australia. In the challenging conditions of the first Test at Edgbaston, Anderson took figures of 1-109, while Lyon claimed eight wickets for 229 runs.
Following their ceremonial pitches, Lyon humorously pointed out that his throw was wider than Anderson’s. As they prepare for the second Test at Lord’s, Lyon will aim for improved accuracy to support Australia’s efforts in the series.
The joint appearance of Anderson and Lyon at MLB London showcased the camaraderie and sportsmanship between players from rival teams. It highlighted the mutual respect and recognition of each other’s skills, setting a positive tone as the Ashes series continues with more thrilling encounters awaiting cricket fans worldwide.