Graeme Swann has slammed Nathan Lyon and accused the Australia spinner of pressing the panic button following his comments in the build-up to the World Cup semi-final against England.
Lyon claimed the World Cup was Englands to lose after Australia suffered a defeat in their final group match to set up a semi-final showdown with the host nation.
He said: They have been the No. 1 team for a couple of years now. They should be going into this World Cup as favourites. Its all on them.
Its their World Cup to lose if you ask me. We have got nothing to lose, only got stuff to gain. Thats the exciting thing about it.
England Test captain Joe Root dismissed Lyons comments as purely an attempt at mind games on Monday and now Swann has taken aim at the Australia spinner.
Nathan Lyon has said England are the team under pressure going into this one and that his side will relish their underdog status, he told Betfair.
Come off it, Nathan. Im no psychologist but I think thats the most blatant panic call Ive ever heard.
Nathan is prone to this kind of bluster so pay no attention. When a player says the pressure is on the opposition, its a sure sign their own team are feeling the pressure.
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Australia won seven of their nine group games – including an emphatic victory over England at Lords – but dropped to second in the table after losing to South Africa.
The defending champions are the most successful team in the competitions history but Swann said they owe luck to much of their success over the past month.
He said: I was not surprised to see Australia lose their final group stage match to South Africa.
The Proteas are a much better team than the majority of their performances at the World Cup showed. You could say the opposite of the Aussies.
They are not a great side, are by no means unbeatable, and have reached this stage with everything going their way – the toss, decisions and luck.
As soon as their luck abandoned them, the Aussies were shown up. England will take nothing for granted but they will be far happier to be facing Australia than India at this stage.