Nathan Lyon

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Nathan Lyon
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Lyon in December 2009
Personal information
Full name Nathan Michael Lyon
Born (1987-11-20) 20 November 1987 (age 29)
Young, New South Wales, Australia
Nickname Garry,[1] Gazza,[2][a] Lyno,Lion, GOAT[3]
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)[4]
Batting style Right-hand batsman
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 421) 31 August 2011 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 25 March 2017 v India
ODI debut (cap 194) 8 March 2012 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 24 August 2016 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 67
Only T20I (cap 77) 29 January 2016 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008–2010 ACT Comets
2011–2013 South Australia
2011–2013 Adelaide Strikers
2013–present New South Wales
2013–present Sydney Sixers
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 67 13 113 49
Runs scored 671 46 1,330 168
Batting average 12.20 23.00 13.30 15.27
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/2 0/0
Top score 40* 30 75 37*
Balls bowled 15,565 720 25,296 2,635
Wickets 247 17 365 61
Bowling average 33.39 34.82 36.81 34.63
5 wickets in innings 9 0 9 0
10 wickets in match 1 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 8/50 4/44 8/50 4/10
Catches/stumpings 32/– 2/– 47/– 24/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 28 March 2017

Nathan Michael Lyon (born 20 November 1987 in Young, New South Wales) is an Australian cricketer. He holds the record for the most Test wickets taken by an Australian off-spin bowler, after passing Hugh Trumble's 141 wickets in 2015, thus earning the nickname amongst teammates of "GOAT", which stands for "Greatest of All Time".[3]

Early career[edit]

Nathan Lyon moved from Young to Canberra as a teenager where he went on to play for ACT Cricket's under-17s and under-19s representative teams.[5] Lyon played for Western Districts and University of Canberra Cricket Club in ACT Grade cricket and debuted for the ACT Comets in 2008 in the Cricket Australia Cup against the South Australian Second XI where he claimed a wicket on day one.[6] During his time with Comets Lyon was mentored by captain, and later captain-coach, Mark Higgs, who helped him in his spin bowling, getting his bowling action right as well as the tactical side including what lines to bowl and fields to set. After Lyon left the Comets he continued to keep in contact with Higgs in regards to the game.[7]

In 2010 Nathan Lyon moved to Adelaide and worked as a member of the ground staff team at the Adelaide Oval.[8] He played for the Prospect Cricket Club in the South Australian Grade Cricket League while continuing playing for the Comets in the Futures League. After Lyon's performance in the 2010 Futures League Twenty20 in December for the Comets in Melbourne which South Australia's Twenty20 coach Darren Berry witnessed he was selected to play for the Southern Redbacks in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash.[9]

Domestic career[edit]

In 2010–11 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash Lyon was the leading wicket-taker where the Redbacks went on to win the competition. Lyon went on to play for South Australia in the Sheffield Shield and the Australian domestic limited-overs competition.[10][11] In the same year he was selected to represent Australia A in Zimbabwe where he took 11 wickets in the tri-series to be named man of the series.[12] Nathan Lyon has signed to play in the inaugural season of the Big Bash League for the Adelaide Strikers.[11]In 2013, Lyon switched to New South Wales and Sydney Sixers.

Australian career[edit]

On 26 July 2011, Lyon was selected in the Australian Test squad for the tour to Sri Lanka in 2011.[13] Nathan Lyon took two wickets for Australia against the Sri Lanka Board XI in the three-day warm-up match at the Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium.[14] Lyon made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Galle on 31 August 2011. Nathan Lyon took his first wicket off his first ball in Test cricket on 1 September 2011, his victim was Kumar Sangakkara. With this feat he became the third Australian (and seventeenth international player) to take his first wicket off his first ball in Test Cricket, and the first Australian since Arthur Coningham, in 1894.[15] He finished with 5/34 in his first innings, becoming the 131st player to take five wickets on debut in a Test match, and 15th Australian player after a caught-and-bowled in the final ball of the innings.[16][17]

In November 2011, Lyon became just the seventh number 11 batsman to have the top score in his team's innings, when he scored 14 in Australia's second-innings total of 47 in the 1st Test against South Africa.[18]

Nathan Lyon played his first Test in Australia at the Gabba starting on 1 December 2011 against New Zealand in the first Test match of the series. Lyon took 4/69 in the first innings and 3/19 in his second innings result in match figures of 7/88, resulting in being the best Test match bowling figures by an Australian off-spinner at the venue.[19] He played in three of the four Tests of the subsequent home series against India—being left out of the team for the third Test on the pace-friendly WACA Ground—taking seven wickets at an average of 41.57.[20] Former Australian off-spinner Ashley Mallett criticised Lyon's delivery method during the series, saying he had been bowling from too wide on the crease.[21]

On 24 April 2013, Lyon was named as the only spinner in the upcoming 2013 Ashes series for the Australian squad. It held true until hours before the 1st match when he was dropped out of the lineup in favour of Ashton Agar, giving him a shock debut, then went on to score 98 on his Test debut, which was also a world record for a no. 11 batsman. However, Lyon was recalled to the team for the third Ashes Test, and in the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street, he took figures of 4/42 on the first day, and helping to restrict England to 238 in their first innings.

On 28 December 2013, during the Boxing Day Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Lyon took his 100th Test wicket and also his first five wicket haul in Australia.[22] Lyon became just the sixth Australian off-spinner to take 100 Test wickets.[23]

On 5 January 2014, Lyon became only the second cricketer ever to not be dismissed in any innings during a five-Test series. Lyon made 60 runs during his six innings with a strike rate of 52.63.[24]

On 13 December 2014, Lyon was named man of the match in the first Test of the Border–Gavaskar Trophy series against India at the Adelaide Oval after taking a personal best haul for the match of 5 for 134 in the first innings and 7 for 152 in the second. This was the first match the Australian team had played after the passing of Phillip Hughes just two weeks earlier. After taking the final wicket of the match to secure the victory for Australia, Lyon knelt down, patted Hughes's Test number 408 that had been painted on the field for the match.

In 2015, Lyon was not named in Australia's final squad of 15 for 2015 Cricket World Cup. Xavier Doherty was picked in his place as a specialist spin bowler.

In June 2015, Lyon took his 142nd Test wicket, passing Hugh Trumble to become the most prolific wicket taker of all Australian off-spinners.[25]

He made his Twenty20 International debut for Australia against India on 29 January 2016.[26]

On 28 July 2016, Lyon became the first Australian offspinner to take 200 Test wickets. He achieved this feat during the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Pallekele Cricket Stadium by dismissing Dhananjaya de Silva.[27]

During the 2016 test series between Australia and South Africa, the phrase "Nice, Garry!" became affectionately associated with Lyon after wicketkeeper Matthew Wade repeatedly yelled it after every ball bowled by the spinner. This phrase was adopted by cricket fans throughout Australia, elevating Lyon to cult hero status.[28] A Facebook campaign was started up for fans at the 2016 Boxing Day Test against Pakistan to yell "Nice, Garry!" in unison after Lyon's third ball bowled: however, their attempts were replaced by cheering, as he took the wicket of Sami Aslam with his third delivery.[29]

On 4 March 2017, in the second Test between Australia and India in Bangalore as part of the 2017 Australian tour of India, Lyon took figures of 8/50 and finished with the best figures ever recorded in India by a visiting bowler.[30]

International performance[edit]

Test 5 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year Result
1 5/34 1  Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium Galle Sri Lanka 2011 Won
2 5/68 12  West Indies Queen's Park Oval Port of Spain Trinidad & Tobago 2012 Drawn
3 7/94 22  India Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi India 2013 Lost
4 5/50 29  England MCG Melbourne Australia 2013 Won
5 5/130 32  South Africa St George's Oval Port Elizabeth South Africa 2014 Lost
6 5/134 36  India Adelaide Oval Adelaide Australia 2014 Won
7 7/152 36  India Adelaide Oval Adelaide Australia 2014 Won
8 8/50 65  India M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru India 2017 Lost
9 5/92 67  India HPCA Stadium Dharamsala India 2017 Lost

Test 10 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year Result
1 12/286 36  India Adelaide Oval Adelaide Australia 2014 Won

Career best performances[edit]

Score Fixture Venue Season
Test 8/50 India v Australia M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru 2017 [31]
ODI 4/44 Zimbabwe v Australia Harare Sports Club, Harare 2014 [32]
FC 8/50 India v Australia M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru 2017 [31]
LA 4/22 Zimbabwe XI v Australia A Harare Sports Club, Harare 2011 [33]
T20 5/23 Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes SCG, Sydney 2015 [34]

International awards[edit]

Test awards[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Series Season Match performance Result
1 Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2014/15 1st Innings: 3 (14 balls); 36-4-134-5 ; 1 ct.
2nd Innings: DNB; 34.1-5-152-7
 Australia won by 48 runs.[35]
2 The Frank Worrell Trophy 2015/16 1st Innings: DNB, 29-8-66-4 ; 2 ct.
2nd Innings: DNB; 23-7-85-3
 Australia won by 177 runs.[36]

ODI awards[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match performance Result
1 West Indies Providence Stadium, Guyana 5 June 2016 10-0-39-3, 1 ct. ; DNB  Australia won by 6 wickets.[37]


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