LONDON: Australia on Monday officially ruled out veteran spinner Nathan Lyon for the rest of three matches of Ashes series due to injury.
The Aussies confirmed that Todd Murphy will replace him as Mr Lyon, ruled out after suffering a “significant calf tear” while fielding on day two at Lord’s. has backed him.
Reserve batter Matthew Renshaw has also been released from the Australian squad but will remain in England and be available should injury strike the touring party again.
No replacements have been included in the revised 16-player squad. Queensland wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson is with the team as cover for Josh Inglis, who returned home to Perth following the first Test at Edgbaston for the birth of his first child.
Australia secured a 2-0 series lead with a thrilling 43-run final-day victory in the second Test on Sunday after Ben Stokes threatened to repeat his Headingley heroics from 2019, blazing nine sixes in a stunning 214-ball 155 to the delight of a lively Lord’s crowd.
Australia coach Andrew McDonald confirmed Murphy was well placed to come straight into the XI for the third Test beginning on Thursday at Headingley after Lyon backed his young prodigy to hold his own in the Ashes cauldron.
Australia squad for third Test: Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis (wk), Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Todd Murphy, Michael Neser, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, David Warner