Nathan Lyon finally past 400 scalps

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon was stuck at 399 test wickets for 326 days.

Long wait

In fact, he went 208 deliveries without getting a test wicket. The calibre of bowler that he is, the wait must certainly have weighed him down.

Washington Sundar was Lyon’s 399th wicket at the Gabba in Brisbane last year in a test match that ended in a historic defeat for Australia as they lost the series 2-1 against India.

Big relief

Lyon had to work very hard for his first wicket in the first test match of Ashes 2021-2022, but he got there finally with the prized scalp of Dawid Malan to achieve the milestone of 400 test wickets.

“It was a big relief. It hasn’t really hit me yet, to be honest. That’s what I grew up on,” Lyon said. “I think the biggest thing for me and my skill set is being able to get the ball to drift and drop and use my bounce. It’s all well and good to be a massive turner but if you can only turn the ball half a bat that brings in the edges. That’s my strength and that’s what I believe in and that’s what I’ll keep doing until I’m done.”

Lyon said that he has tremendous respect for England captain Joe Root and looks forward to many more battles against him.

“There are a couple of challenges there that’s for sure. Joe Root is a very good player off the front and back foot and he sweeps. So it does provide a really decent challenge for spinners to get him caught on the crease and challenge his defence for a long period of time. But he’s the best batter in the world at the moment and he showed his class out there and so it’s going to be a big summer against Joe. I’ve got a huge amount of respect for him and the way he’s gone about it. I’m going to have to make sure that I keep looking at footage, keep planning and try and come up with a few different things for him.”

Just McGrath and Warne in front

Nathan Lyon has now become the third highest wicket taker for Australia in the history of test cricket and stands behind only Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath – two greats of the game – in the tally.

With the class of bowler that the off spinner is, there is no doubt that there are many more wickets coming his way.

Saksham Mishra

Justifying hours of watching sports by scribbling down a few logical lines that might just about hold your interest. Was not talented enough to make it as a professional cricketer, so the next best logical option was to enroll in a Mass Communication course, and write about sports instead. Because, what else is there to write about in this world, right?
Back to top button