- Cricket advertising puzzled Lyon and his wife Emma
- The couple had their first child together this year
- Star admits he struggled mentally after Ashe’s injury
Veteran Australian spin bowler Nathan Lyon has revealed an advert for Channel Seven’s cricket coverage sparked a very awkward conversation between him and his wife Emma after they were shocked by the footage.
The commercial, which aired during the AFL grand final this year, suggested that this summer’s Test series against Pakistan will be the last time Australian fans will see Lyon and teammates David Warner, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja in action can.
Lyon, who wants to continue his career until 2027, was stunned.
“I was very surprised,” Lyon said Sydney Morning Herald.
“Emma, my wife, said, “Do you have anything to say to me?”, to which I said, “No.” I couldn’t believe it, but it’s just promotional material. I definitely reset some goals and changed the finish line.
Nathan Lyon says an advert for Channel Seven which suggested he was about to retire sparked a very awkward conversation between him and his wife Emma (pictured together).
Actor Richard Roxburgh’s (pictured) Channel Seven commercial suggested the upcoming Test series against Pakistan will be the last time Australian fans will see Lyon, David Warner, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja in action
‘When I came home [from the Ashes] I found it quite difficult to watch the boys in the last three games, just mentally.
“Seeing them and seeing how the games went and knowing that you can potentially play a big part in making the difference.”
“But being home, watching the AFL grand final and the NRL grand final and giving myself the opportunity to refresh and rehabilitate… has made me hungrier than ever to get back.”
“When I watched those finals, the cheers of the celebrations and the heartache of the guys who lost, I just saw a little fire rekindle inside me and let it burn a lot brighter.”
Lyon told reporters on Monday exactly how difficult it was to end his Ashes campaign early.
“I was in a very dark place while the ashes were still burning,” Lyon said.
“The last three home games were very difficult for me.”
Lyon says his injured calf is now stronger than ever, as is his drive to play cricket.
The Australian veteran says he has every intention of playing through to 2027
Lyon has revealed he struggled mentally after being sent home early from the Ashes series due to a calf injury
The cult cricket hero had a baby with his wife Emma this year, Daily Mail Australia exclusively revealed
“It probably extended it.” [my drive] To be honest . “I always said I wanted to win in India and England but I didn’t manage to do that so it looks like we’ll have to compete again,” Lyon said.
In the meantime, he is enjoying watching the Australians in the ODI World Cup.
“I watch as an Australian fan and I absolutely love it,” Lyon said.
“I feel like their team has some very talented players over there. “They have a world-class squad. I hope they make it to the end.’
And it was entertaining to watch the England team struggle at the World Cup.
“I absolutely loved it,” he said.
It was a great year for Lyon. The news that he had welcomed a baby with his wife Emma was revealed exclusively by Daily Mail Australia in September.