Australia’s Nathan Lyon completes 350 wickets in Test cricket

Australia’s  Nathan Lyon completed 350 wickets in Test cricket. He managed to achieve the feat during the opening Ashes Test played at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. With this achievement, Nathan Lyon became the fourth Australian bowler to pick up 350 wickets in the five-day format.

Before the start of the Ashes series, Lyon needed 7 wickets to complete the milestone. The off-spinner picked up nine wickets in the opening game of the series to see Australia go 1-0 up in the five-match Test series. Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Dennis Lillee are the other three Australian bowlers to achieve the milestone in Test cricket before Nathan Lyon.

The 31-year old was instrumental in helping Australia register a comprehensive 251-run win over England in the opening Ashes Test played at Edgbaston. He bowled close to 40 overs in the first innings and picked up three wickets. In the second innings, he bowled probing line outside the off-stump on the final day to finish with figures of 6 for 49 in 20 overs.

Nathan Lyon dismissed all-rounder Ben Stokes to pick up fourth wicket in the second innings and complete 350 wickets in Test cricket.

Player

Test Matches Wickets
Shane Warne 145 708
Glenn McGrath 124 563
Dennis Lillee 70 355
Nathan Lyon 87 352
Mitchell Johnson 73 313

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Nathan Lyon also picked up his 15th five-for in Test cricket after dismissing bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali in the second innings of the opening Ashes Test played at Edgbaston. The next thing on Lyon’s mind will be to surpass Dennis Lillee’s tally of 355 wickets. There is no doubt that he will break more records due to his consistently good performances for Australia in the five-day format.

Most wickets for a spinner in Test cricket

Player Country Test Matches Wickets
Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka 133 800
Shane Warne Australia 145 708
Anil Kumble India 132 619
Rangana Herath Sri Lanka 93 433
Harbhajan Singh India 103 417
Daniel Vettori New Zealand 113 362
Nathan Lyon Australia 87 352
Ravichandran Ashwin India 65 342
Lance Gibbs West Indies 79 309
Derek Underwood England 86 297

The selection of Nathan Lyon for the five-day format is truly a remarkable story. He was picked out of nowhere after he joined as ground-staff personnel at the Adelaide Oval. Lyon got his international career off to a perfect start by picking up a wicket off his very first ball.

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