Ashes 2019: Nathan Lyon has rehearsed Shane Warne’s Trent Bridge balcony dance and can’t wait to do it
Shane Warne celebrating winning the 1997 Ashes at Trent Bridge is what Nathan Lyon wants to emulate.

The image of Shane Warne, holding aloft a stump and doing an impromptu hip-swaying jig on the balcony at Trent Bridge in 1997 after Australia secured the Ashes in England, is what Nathan Lyon wants to reproduce.

And he’s even rehearsed Warne’s dance.

The last time Australia won the Ashes on English soil was in 2001, when Steve Waugh’s team emerged victorious 4-1. As the current Australian cricket team chases a first Ashes win in England in 18 years, their leading spin bowler hopes to be part of a winning unit.

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And it is the abiding memory of Warne dancing at Trent Bridge after Australia beat England in the fourth Test back in 1997 that’s driving Lyon.

“The big memory for me is seeing Shane Warne with the stump,” said on the latest episode of The Unplayable Podcast. “That’s the biggest thing. I’m desperate to replicate that. I reckon it would be brilliant. If we win the Ashes I’ll do it. I’ve been practicing, don’t worry about that. Like Steve Smith batting in his room, I’ve got a stump up there.”

Lyon, Australia’s most successful finger-spinner and fourth-highest wicket-taker in Tests, has been to England twice to contest the Ashes and has tasted defeat both times. Now he wants to correct that anomaly.

“It’s like a dream,” Lyon said. “As a kid you always dream of firstly playing cricket for Australia but then winning the Ashes. Winning the Ashes is always (up) there but winning it away makes it more special.”

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Lyon, who has 343 wickets in 86 Tests, is confident of Australia’s chances in the Ashes.

“I’ve never gone into a series, whether it’s a three-(match) series or a four-game series and thought I was going to lose one,” he said. “So I’m coming over here to win five Test matches.”

The first Ashes Test is at Edgbaston from August 1.