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England will be running scared of Australia yet again, claims Nathan Lyon

• Australia’s leading finger-spinner opens hostilities with tirade against Joe Root
• ‘There’s a lot of scars for the English guys, especially with two bowling 150kph’

Australia’s pacemen will target Joe Root in the opening Ashes Test in an attempt to bring back memories of the bruising series whitewash four years ago when England’s batsmen were “scared” of Mitchell Johnson, according to Nathan Lyon.

Lyon on Monday celebrated his 30th birthday with a series of remarkable and seemingly pre-planned potshots at the tourists before the first Test begins at the Gabba on Thursday, saying England were frightened from No1 to No11 of Johnson’s barrage in 2013 and claiming how “I was at leg slip and I nearly had to push a couple of the guys back towards the stumps”.

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