Cricbuzz | Ashes series review | Ashes 2017
England cricketer Nathan Lyon has told cricket’s governing body that he believes England’s cricket team could not have survived the series without him.
Lyon, who is still struggling with a broken leg, was one of England’s stars in the Ashes series against Australia last summer.
But the 36-year-old has revealed that his teammates have been left feeling frustrated and that he could not guarantee the team’s survival with the injury.
“It was a big loss for the team, but we didn’t have the chance to win the Ashes with Nathan,” Lyon told the BBC.
He added: “It’s very disappointing, but it is what it is.”
Leyton, who has played four Tests for England and has also played two ODIs, said his experience and leadership had helped his team prepare for the next Test series against India.
His replacement, Chris Woakes, has said the squad is now stronger.
The ECB has acknowledged the England team is lacking in experience but said that it was still confident that the players would overcome the injury issue.
And ECB chief executive Ian Botham said he expects England to qualify for the series against the Indian team.
In a statement, the ECB said: “With all due respect to England’s cricketers, the current group of England players and staff does not have the experience and experience of the team of 2010-11.
We are disappointed that the current squad of players and team has not met the expectations of our cricketing community and we are confident that we will be able to progress as quickly as possible to the next Ashes series.”
England are currently in Australia for a Test series after the series.