Nathan Lyon

Australia
Age
November 20, 1987 (34 years)
Role
Bowler
Birth Place
Young, New South Wales
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
Australia
Bowling Style
Off break

Nathan Lyon is now a well-known name in international cricket as over the course of the last five years he slowly but surely became the most dependable spinner for Australia in different formats.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

Australia, South Australia, Australia A, Worcestershire, New South Wales, Australian XI, Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Sixers, Australians, Ponting XI

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
32
15
10
77
30
15.4
84
91.67
0
0
7
2
T20I
2
1
1
4
4*
-
4
100
0
0
0
0
Test
93
118
35
1006
47*
12.12
2111
47.66
0
0
125
7
IPL
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
32
31
1734
1419
31
4/44
4.91
45.77
55.94
1
0
0
T20I
2
2
30
48
1
1/33
9.6
48
30
0
0
0
Test
93
175
23533
11803
359
8/50
3.01
32.88
65.55
15
15
2
IPL
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

A 32-year-old player, who started merely as a specialist in Test cricket, has recently made his way into the ODI team and so far has represented the Kangaroos in 29 matches in the 50-over format with 29 wickets to his name.

However, those numbers are pretty much non-existent considering Lyon’s record in Test cricket for his national team where he already has a staggering 390 wickets in 96 matches at a strike rate of 62.9 with 18 five-wicket hauls in an innings and three 10-wicket hauls in a match.

The most impressive aspect of Lyon’s bowling is his ability to control things whenever he has been given a ball which is why he commands great respect from different captains he played under.

Lyon’s Record in Tests

In the longest format of the game, Lyon is regarded by many as one of the best spinners, if not the best one currently playing in international cricket.

The 32-year-old made his debut for the Baggy Greens in Test cricket back in 2011 in the match against Sri Lanka in Galle where he ended up claiming six wickets including a five-wicket haul in the first innings.

Overall, Lyon is the third-best wicket-taker for Australia in Tests following legendary leg-spinner Shane Warn, who finished his career with 708 wickets in 145 matches, and legendary pacer Glenn McGrath, who finished with 563 wickets in 124 Tests.

At the global level, the New South Wales’ off-spinner is the 17th-best wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket and has the sixth-biggest number of wickets on the list as a spinner following Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan, fellow countryman Warne, India’s Anil Kumble, Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath and India’s Harbhajan Singh.

During his illustrious career for Australia in the red-ball cricket, Lyon has shown better results while playing at home compared to his record on the away venues.

In terms of record against opposing sides, Lyon’s best numbers are against Bangladesh with him claiming 22 wickets in two matches at a strike rate of just 36.5, with three fifers as well.

Against England and India, Lyon has the most number of wickets taken in Test cricket – 85 each – in 23 and 18 matches respectively.

Against Pakistan, the spinner has the worst record in Tests with 33 wickets in 18 innings at a strike rate of 87.20 and just a single five-wicket haul.

Lyon has managed to claim five wickets in an innings against all opposing teams whereas, against India, he claimed five wickets for the most number of times (7) in his career.

Lyon’s best bowling figures in a Test innings also came against the Men-in-Blue with eight wickets, giving away only 50 runs in Bengaluru in 2017.

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