Australia ruing, not sledging against India: Nathan Lyon

Updated: Mar 24, 2013, 10:49 AM IST

Sydney: Spinner Nathan Lyon had said that Australia were ruing not attempting to intimidate India earlier in the series, adding that the verbal altercation between opener David Warner and Ravindra Jadeja on day two of the Delhi Test may have been one of the factors behind Indian captain MS Dhoni`s dismissal.

Australia managed to get under Indian skins after Warner had a heated verbal altercation with Jadeja on the day two of the Delhi Test, igniting tensions in the final session of the game, after which Jadeja approached the umpires who then summoned Australian captain Shane Watson to pacify the feisty opener.

Stating that the brief moment of tension may have built pressure on Dhoni, Lyon said that it may have been one of the factors that led to the dismissal of the Indian captain at the hands of James Pattinson.

Expressing his satisfaction with the dispute, Lyon said that aggression was good for the Australian team as they had managed to unsettle the Indian side, adding that they should have tried to unsettle the home side well before they crashed to a 3-0 deficit.

According to Lyon, the aggression is one of the ways by which his team plays its best cricket as they put the contest to the opposition, adding that no matter whoever the opposing team is, this method always worked well for Australia.

Dismissing the spat between Warner and Jadeja, Lyon said there is no need for dragging such matters out of the field, adding that although Australia plays cricket very hard, they know their limits and always play a fair game.

Opener Ed Cowan delivered the first spark of Australian aggression when he pumped his fists repeatedly after Lyon removed Virat Kohli (1) to leave India 2-114.

It was the first real sign of overt aggression in this series from Australia, who may have been reluctant to fan embers of hostility following the infamous Monkey gate racial spat with India in 2007-08, the report added.