Nathan Lyon caused trouble for the batsmen as soon as he was brought on. So why did it not happen earlier in the innings?

Cricket greats Darren Lehmann and Darren Berry have been left scratching their heads at New South Wales’ handling of Nathan Lyon on day one of the Sheffield Shield final.

After being bundled out for just 143 courtesy of a five-wicket haul from Michael Neser, NSW captain Kurtis Patterson did not bring Lyon into the attack until the 19th over of Queensland’s first innings.

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Queensland reached stumps on 1-58, with Bryce Street (14 not out) and Marnus Labuschange (23 not out), but Lyon immediately caused problems for the left-handed Street.

“They have not put enough balls in the right area, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood,” Berry said after the NSW openers’ spells.

Nathan Lyon

“They’ve been okay, but okay with only 150 on the board, they had to be absolutely pristine, precise, and they weren’t.

“I’m bringing Nathan Lyon on. Why? Because the ball’s hard, it is biting into the surface, there’s a left-hander at the crease and we’ve now had 10 overs of right-arm medium pace and Star’s left-arm quicks and it has not worked.”

“I just get that feeling that there has to be another wicket (today), and Nathan Lyon is the one to get one or two quickly,” Lehmann added.

“With only 10 overs, he needs (to bowl) five.”

Michael Neser

Lyon bowled four overs before stumps, finishing with tidy figures of 0-4. Hazlewood was the sole wicket-taker for New South Wales, when he caught Joe Burns nicking behind for 20.

Earlier, Patterson played a lone hand for his side, top scoring with 43, as Neser and fellow paceman Jack Wildermuth ran through the New South Wales batting line-up.

Patterson and all-rounder Sean Abbott (23) were the only two players to score over 20 runs in what was a dismal batting display.

Queensland will hope to build a solid first-innings lead when play resumes on Friday at 9:30am AEST, with skipper Usman Khawaja and former Australian Test opener Matt Renshaw scheduled to come in next.

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