Com­edy an un­likely in­spi­ra­tion for hero­ics


TWO of the old­est heads in the Aus­tralian dress­ing room used a com­ing of age sit­com to in­spire them to Test cricket’s great es­cape in Dubai.

Tim Paine and Nathan Lyon came to­gether need­ing to sur­vive 12 ag­o­nis­ing overs to clinch a fa­mous draw for Aus­tralia and used the lure of watch­ing an episode of Bri­tish com­edy The In­be­tween­ers in the team room af­ter play to in­spire them home.

Nei­ther the new cap­tain or the vet­eran cus­to­dian of the team song’s fam­i­lies are in the UAE, and as a re­sult Paine and Lyon let them­selves be kids again as they tried to re­lax through one of the most in­tense pe­ri­ods they are ever likely to en­counter.

At eight wick­ets down, and with Pak­istan crowd­ing nine field­ers around the bat, Paine and Lyon al­lowed their minds to drift to the com­i­cal re­ward of two grown men sink­ing on to a couch to watch the mis­ad­ven­tures of four sub­ur­ban ado­les­cents.

“We were both a bit ner­vous, no doubt about that,” said Paine whose 61 off 194 balls was a cap­tain’s knock for the ages.

“Ly­ono (5 not out off 34) and I were ac­tu­ally talk­ing about … just go­ing down to the team room tonight and watch­ing a few episodes of The In­be­tween­ers.

“That was what was get­ting Ly­ono through, so I just went with him. Ap­par­ently we’re go­ing to or­der a pizza, go down to the team room and put In­be­tween­ers on.

“That’s our re­ward. That’s what got us through.”


Nathan Lyon and Tim Paine cel­e­brate af­ter they en­sured Aus­tralia held on to draw the open­ing Test against Pak­istan in Dubai. The lure of watch­ing Bri­tish TV show The In­be­tween­ers helped in­spire the pair’s hero­ics Main pic­ture:

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