Nathan Lyon sparked injury fears for Australia on Wednesday but his ankle issue is not believed to be serious.
The off-spinner, who moved past the great Dennis Lillee and on to 357 Test wickets during last week’s remarkable one-wicket defeat to England at Headingley, twisted his ankle during a game of touch rugby ahead of Australia’s tour match with Derbyshire.
However, Omnisport understands Lyon sat out the remainder of the training session as a mere precaution and, had he been in similar pain during a Test match, he would have stayed on the field.
The 31-year-old was at the centre of two huge flashpoints as a stunning contest in Leeds reached its conclusion, with Ben Stokes’ magnificent 135 not out tying the series at 1-1 heading into next week’s fourth Test at Old Trafford.
When England needed two runs to win, Lyon fumbled a simple run-out chance with last man Jack Leach well short of his ground.
Stokes thumped four of his eight sixes off Lyon, but the all-rounder survived a strong lbw appeal with next the delivery after Leach’s run-out scare.
Replays indicated the ball would have gone on to hit the stumps, although Australia had used up their final review during the previous over, leaving Stokes to lash Pat Cummins through the covers and complete one of the most remarkable comeback wins in Test history.
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Star batsman Steve Smith will return from his concussion absence in the three-day game at Derby, which starts on Thursday.
Usman Khawaja will captain the side, with Alex Carey called in from his stint at Sussex to keep wicket – allowing captain Tim Paine to rest up alongside Lyon, Cummins, David Warner, Travis Head, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson from the XI in action at Headingley.
Left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc and right-arm seamer Peter Siddle will look to press their claims for inclusion in Manchester, the former having yet to feature in the Test series.