Australian spinner Nathan Lyon isn't accustomed to much
But the 25-year-old would have been lapping up every moment
when he was given a standing ovation by a confused WACA crowd
as he strode out to bat in the third Test against South
Lyon posted handy figures of 3-41 with the ball as South
Africa were skittled for 225.
But the standing ovation was nothing more than a case of
mistaken identity, with the crowd thinking it was retiring
batsman Ricky Ponting making his way to the crease.
After all, Australia had just lost their second wicket and
Ponting was slated to come in at No.4.
But with just 25 more minutes remaining in the day, Australia
decided to send in Lyon as a nightwatchman.
Even Ponting's wife Rianna was confused for a moment,
nervously clapping as the new batsman made his way to the
crease before realising it wasn't her husband.
The WACA crowd were clearly disappointed when they, too,
realised it wasn't Ponting.
And with Lyon (7no) and Dave Warner (12no) guiding Australia
to 2-33 at stumps, fans will have to wait until Saturday
before seeing their hero Ponting in action.