Nathan Lyon: 'Pressure key to Australia's bowling success'

Lyon: 'Pressure key to bowling success'
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Nathan Lyon believes that Australia were rewarded for 'building pressure' as England collapsed from 107-1 to 238-9 on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street.

Nathan Lyon believes that applying persistent pressure was the key to Australia reducing England to 238-9 at the close of play on day one of the fourth Ashes Test.

The tourists made it difficult for England to score runs in the opening session at Chester-le-Street and were then rewarded for keeping the run-rate down with a flurry of wickets in the afternoon and evening.

Off-spinner Lyon was the pick of the Aussie bowlers with figures of 4-42, but he feels that the efforts of the entire attack were responsible for their success.

"We just tried keep it simple as a bowling squad," he told reporters. "We tried to hit the right areas and it's worked out pretty well. Credit has to go to the bowlers and the fielders because we built pressure on and got the reward.

"There's nothing in the wicket so I bowled around the wicket to keep myself in the game and I was able to build some pressure.

"It's a day one pitch, we built pressure and got rewards. We always speak about batting in partnerships and the need to bowl in partnerships as well."

Ryan Harris picked up 2-70, while Jackson Bird, Shane Watson and Peter Siddle all collected a wicket apiece for Australia.

Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and Nathan Lyon of Australia walk off as rain falls during day five of the 3rd Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia on August 5, 2013
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