Nathan Lyon- Australian Spinner

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On the eve of his 100th Test at GABBA Ground, Brisbane, let’s have a look at

Nathan Lyon, the Aussie Off spinner, who started his career as Groundsman in

Adelaide oval.

He was an apprentice for 4 years at Adelaide ground as ground staff.  He learnt off spin bowling there.  His office breaks caught the attention of South Australia’s Big Bash Coach, who introduced him into BBL.  Thereafter he was selected to represent the South Australian domestic team.  And he made his international debut in ODI in 2011 and to Test in the same year.


A natural off spinner who flights the ball and looks for the wicketsThis wiry tweaker showed no nervousness in the first test and dismissed Kumar Sangakara, Srilanka’s wicket keeper in his very first ball in Test Cricket, and he became the 14th bowler and second Australian to do so. A great beginning indeed.  In fact he took 5fer in that first Innings and that was also a record for a debutant.  A dream debut.  

He played his first Test in Australia at GABBA, Brisbane and took 7 wickets in the match against Newzeland in 2011.  He was in and out of the team for some time.

He played in the 3rd Test of the 2013 Ashes at Chester-le-street, England and from  there he is a regular member of the Australian Test squad.

In the 2014-15 BG Trophy series at Adelaide oval,  he  spun  for Aussies with 5/34 and 7/152 and got the MOM Award.

Now, he is the main fulcrum of the bowling attack along with the trio pace bowlers viz., Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood.  In fact this quartet bowling unit brought so many wins for Australia including the Ashes series . 

He is also the highest wicket taker in spin bowling for the Aussies after he surpassed Hugh Trumble’s 141 wickets and his teammates call him GOAT.

He is bunny for Indian batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Chesteshwar Pujara in Tests as he dismissed them most of the times.  Both were his victims for 10 times in Tests and which is also his best haul against a single batter.

He’s got a very good bowling average against Kiwis in Tests at 20.52 and he is also the best bowler in Trans-Tasman Trophy taking 50 wickets against them in just 10 tests.

He also does not lag behind in Pink ball ( day night tests) tests with 27.41 average.

He’s got a unique distinction of dismissing 45 batsmen for a Duck in tests.

In the 99 tests he played so far, his team became victorious in 52 times and lost 30 times and the average is 26.59 in wins, an enviable record. 

An off-spinner playing consecutively for 77 tests is a great achievement.

His best year in bowling in Tests was 2017 when he took 63 wickets in 11 Tests.

His batting in Tests was just mediocre with 47 his highest test score as he is focussing only on bowling.

He’s just shy of 4 wickets for the 400 wickets club.  Hope he completes this task in his 100th Test at GABBA to be played from 15th Jan.2021.

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