Nathan Lyon (cricketer)

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Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon.jpg
Personal information
Full nameNathan Michael Lyon
Born(1987-11-20) 20 November 1987 (age 26)
Young, New South Wales
NicknameGarry / Gazza (after ex-AFL footballer Garry Lyon)
Height181cm[1]
Batting styleRight-hand bat
Bowling styleRight-arm off break
RoleBowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 421)31 August 2011 v Sri Lanka
Last Test1–5 March 2014 v South Africa
ODI debut8 March 2012 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI20 March 2012 v West Indies
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2008–2010ACT Comets
2011–2013South Australia
2011–2013Adelaide Strikers
2013-New South Wales
2013-Sydney Sixers
Career statistics
CompetitionTestODIFCT20
Matches3325919
Runs scored323462014
Batting average16.154.0013.773.50
100s/50s0/00/00/00/0
Top score40*4*40*11
Balls bowled7,3519612,751365
Wickets112117619
Bowling average32.9977.0037.3223.84
5 wickets in innings5050
10 wickets in match0000
Best bowling7/941/417/943/14
Catches/stumpings14/–1/018/–5/0
Source: Cricinfo, 25 May 2014
 
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Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon.jpg
Personal information
Full nameNathan Michael Lyon
Born(1987-11-20) 20 November 1987 (age 26)
Young, New South Wales
NicknameGarry / Gazza (after ex-AFL footballer Garry Lyon)
Height181cm[1]
Batting styleRight-hand bat
Bowling styleRight-arm off break
RoleBowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 421)31 August 2011 v Sri Lanka
Last Test1–5 March 2014 v South Africa
ODI debut8 March 2012 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI20 March 2012 v West Indies
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2008–2010ACT Comets
2011–2013South Australia
2011–2013Adelaide Strikers
2013-New South Wales
2013-Sydney Sixers
Career statistics
CompetitionTestODIFCT20
Matches3325919
Runs scored323462014
Batting average16.154.0013.773.50
100s/50s0/00/00/00/0
Top score40*4*40*11
Balls bowled7,3519612,751365
Wickets112117619
Bowling average32.9977.0037.3223.84
5 wickets in innings5050
10 wickets in match0000
Best bowling7/941/417/943/14
Catches/stumpings14/–1/018/–5/0
Source: Cricinfo, 25 May 2014

Nathan Michael Lyon (born 20 November 1987 in Young, New South Wales) is an Australian cricketer. He also worked as a member of the ground staff team at the Adelaide Oval after completing a four-year apprenticeship at Manuka Oval.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] In 2010 Nathan Lyon moved to Adelaide where 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.[6]

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.[7][8] 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.[9] Nathan Lyon has signed to play in the inaugural season of the Big Bash League for the Adelaide Strikers.[8]

Australian career[edit]

On 26 July 2011, Lyon was selected in the Australian Test squad for the tour to Sri Lanka.[10] 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.[11] 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 second Australian (and fourteenth international player) to take his first wicket off his first ball in Test Cricket.[12] He finished with 5/34 in his first innings, becoming the 131st player to take five wickets on debut in a Test match.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17]

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.[18] Lyon became just the sixth Australian off-spinner to take 100 Test wickets.[19]

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 6 innings with a strike rate of 52.63.[20]

Records and Achievements[edit]

Test 5 wicket hauls[edit]

#FiguresMatchOpponentVenueCityCountryYear
15/341 Sri LankaGalle International StadiumGalleSri Lanka2011
25/6812 West IndiesQueen's Park OvalPort of SpainTrinidad & Tobago2012
37/9422 IndiaFeroz Shah KotlaDelhiIndia2013
45/5029 EnglandMCGMelbourneAustralia2013
55/13032 South AfricaSt George's OvalPort ElizabethSouth Africa2014

Milestones (Test)[edit]

Wicket No.BatsmanHow OutGroundYear
50 Jacques Rudolph (RSA)Caught (E Cowan)Adelaide Oval2012
100 Stuart Broad (ENG)Caught (M Clarke)MCG2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nathan Lyon". cricket.com.au. Cricket Australia. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Nathan Lyon Profile". ESPNcricinfo. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Steve Larkin and Chris Dutton (27 July 2011). "Lyon a shock pick in Aussie squad". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Kyle Mackey-Laws (28 October 2008). "Comets fight back late with ball". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Daniel Brettig (27 August 2011). "Lyon learns from his mentor's mistakes". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Will Brodie (26 July 2011). "Aussies urged to support shock spin selection". The Age. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  7. ^ James Buckley (23 January 2011). "Former ACT Comet Lyon backed for quick spin into Redback's Sheffield Shield plans". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Ferguson signs with Strikers". Sportal. Cricket Australia. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  9. ^ James Buckley (24 May 2011). "Having a bash leads to Australia A selection for Lyon". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Nathan Lyon named in Australia Test squad for Sri Lanka". BBC Sport. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Malcolm Conn (28 August 2011). "Michael Clarke may play spin duo Michael Beer and Nathan Lyon in first Test against Sri Lanka". Herald Sun. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Records Test matches Bowling". ESPNcricinfo. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Bowling records". ESPNcricinfo. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  14. ^ Hogan, Jesse (11 November 2011). "Skittled: the numbers behind the cricket mayhem". The Age. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  15. ^ Jim Morton (5 December 2011). "Lyon gives Gabba record books a tweak". Australian Associated Press. The Canberra Times. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "Records / Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2011/12 / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Ashley Mallett's counsel heeded on Lyon". ESPNcricinfo. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Nathan Lyon enters 100-wicket club in Tests". The Cricket Country. India Webportal Private Limited. 28 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  19. ^ Saltau, Chloe (29 December 2013). "Nathan Lyon reaches 100 wickets as tide starts to turn". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  20. ^ Saltau, Chloe (5 January 2014). "The Ashes: Australian player ratings". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 

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