A club cricket tailender from Greensborough has been heard bragging to teammates about how he could hit Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon for six. The man, Jimmy Daniels, made the remarks at training last week as he padded up for a net session in the fading light of the early evening.

With an uninspiring career batting average of 6.7, Daniels’ claims seem optimistic at best, but fit well with the common impression that off spinners are “very hittable”. Speaking loudly to teammates just before he entered the nets for his eight minutes of mayhem, Daniels said, “Boys, boys, c’mon, I could totally hit Lyon for six. He hardly turns it, has no variations, and I’ve got a good eye.”

Daniels’ teammates humoured him initially, before peppering him with some vicious bowling in a failed attempt to dampen his spirits. As he emerged from the net at the end of his hit, Daniels said to anyone who’d listen, “Haha, you got a few lucky ones in there boys, but I’ve still got Lyon covered. Plus I’d be using one of them Test match bats, you know, like Davey Warner’s big stick. I’d easily clear the rope off one of Lyon’s dibbly dobblers.”