/ 18 December 2023

Spinning a remarkable record

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Aussie spin bowler Nathan Lyon says he’s “pretty proud” of becoming the eighth bowler in Test cricket history to take 500 wickets, and the third Aussie after Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. He achieved that late yesterday against Pakistan in Perth, which we won by 360 runs with a day to spare. “For a young kid growing up in country New South Wales, 500 wickets is a bloody long way away so, a lot of hard work but something I’m very proud about,” he said. Lyon is an off-spin bowler – he explains it here, but if you’re a right-handed batter, he serves up balls that bounce in front of you and then spins left to your bad side. Lyon is a bit of a character… Since 2013, he’s held the role of song master, leading the team’s victory song, Under the Southern Cross. And last night, Lyon said he was going to celebrate his record “in Warnie fashion” – which we think means making a cup of tea and getting an early night… 

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