Nathan Lyon has dared Sri Lanka to take him on at their peril as he aims to bowl Australia to their first Test victory of the summer. The off-spinner was attacked early by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews in the first innings but finished with a respectable 2-76 from 25 overs. ''They're always going to come at me hard, especially if we're a bowler down … but I'm looking forward to the challenge and I really hope they do come at me,'' Lyon said. Asked how he would counteract any attack from the tourists, Lyon said defiantly: ''Bowl like I usually bowl.'' The Bellerive pitch has offered variable bounce for much of the match but gave some assistance on Monday to Rangana Herath, who claimed 5-95 in Australia's second innings. ''There's a little bit of spin there and it's going up and down,'' Lyon said. ''It's going to be a hard day on day five but we're looking for the hard toil and we're quite excited.''
NO LUCK FOR LANKANS
The decision review system was not in play last summer when India came to visit and Sri Lanka would be forgiven for wishing it had been shelved for this series. While the visitors have shown tenacity they are being found wanting when it comes to DRS. Mahela Jayawardene's side are yet to have any referrals overturned by the video umpire. The Sri Lankans blew two reviews on Monday when they failed to have decisions against Ed Cowan and Michael Clarke overturned. To add insult to injury, Shane Watson successfully used DRS to appeal an lbw decision and late on Sunday the Sri Lankans chose not to challenge an unsuccessful lbw shout on Cowan that would have been given out.
ABC commentator Jim Maxwell could be due for an appointment with fellow caller and optometrist Geoff Lawson after a hilarious blooper on Monday. To the mirth of listeners, Maxwell declared Matthew Wade to have been bowled instead of being caught in the outfield. ''Wade swings, BOWLED! No he's not, he's caught in the deep,'' Maxwell called as laughter broke out in the commentary box. Maxwell said he thought he had heard the rattle of the bails in the effects mic. The mistake came towards the end of Maxwell's stint on air. ''Is my time up yet? No, it should be,'' he said with good grace. Maxwell was given a rousing ovation moments later as he entered the press box next door.
It's just as well it was the normally mild-mannered Mitchell Starc who threw in some extra spice to the Test and not the fiery James Pattinson. Tension rose after Dimuth Karunaratne was struck on the pad by an angry throw to the striker's end by Starc. The left-armer, who received a few stern words from umpire Tony Hill, apologised twice to the batsman though the situation could have been more unsettled had Pattinson been at the other end. ''I would of thrown it at his head!!!! #nothingwrongwithit #haha,'' Pattinson wrote on Twitter. The tweet was later deleted.