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NATHAN Lyon’s brother Bren­dan is a bat­ting coach who has a boom­ing busi­ness in Syd­ney.

One of his clients this year has been his younger brother, with the pair spend­ing a lot of time dur­ing the win­ter hon­ing the Test spin­ner’s craft with the wil­low.

Nathan was orig­i­nally a bats­man, com­ing in at the top of the order when the broth­ers both played in Young, in coun­try NSW.

“He recog­nises that he needs to work on his bat­ting,” Bren­dan said.

Lyon was the only not-out bats­man in Aus­tralia’s in­nings yes­ter­day.

He fin­ished on 24, with two bound­aries and a six.

DAVID Warner can never again hold a lead­er­ship po­si­tion in Aus­tralian cricket, but he can in Bangladesh.

The sus­pended opener was given a life­time lead­er­ship ban by Cricket Aus­tralia as part of his pun­ish­ment for the ball-tam­per­ing fi­asco in Cape Town ear­lier this year.

But af­ter sign­ing as one of the Syl­het Six­ers’ two over­seas play­ers for next year’s Bangladesh Premier League T20 tour­na­ment, he was also el­e­vated to the cap­taincy.

THE NEW WALL

IN­DIAN No.3 Chetesh­war Pu­jara plies his craft in the man­ner of coun­try­man Rahul Dravid, for­ever known as the “Wall” for his abil­ity to bat and bat.

Pu­jara, who scored a su­per first-in­nings cen­tury in Ade­laide, has also matched Dravid for mile­stones.

The pair brought up 3000, then 4000, then 5000 Test runs in ex­actly the same amount of in­nings — their 67th, 84th and 108th.

CAUGHT SHORT

THE scourge of Twenty20 bat­ting af­fect­ing red-ball cricket has played it­self out twice in this round of Sh­effield Shield games, with bats­men at the non-striker’s end back­ing up way too far.

At the MCG on Fri­day, Vic­to­rian Glenn Max­well got to 57 be­fore a de­flec­tion off West­ern Aus­tralian bowler Matt Kelly hit the stumps, leav­ing the bats­man short of his ground.

In Tas­ma­nia yes­ter­day Ben Mc­Der­mott, on six, was four steps out of his crease when a full-blooded drive from Jor­dan Silk — straight back at Queens­land bowler Jack Wil­der­muth — touched his fin­gers be­fore crash­ing into the wick­ets for a sim­i­lar un­lucky re­sult.

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