Full name Nathan Michael Lyon
Born November 20, 1987, Young, New South Wales
Current age 29 years 189 days
Major teams Australia, Adelaide Strikers, Australia A, Australian Capital Territory, Australian Capital Territory Under-17s, Australian Capital Territory Under-19s, New South Wales, South Australia, Sydney Sixers
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v Australia at Galle, Aug 31-Sep 3, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v Australia at Dharamsala, Mar 25-28, 2017 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v Sri Lanka at Adelaide, Mar 8, 2012 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (RPS), Aug 24, 2016 scorecard|
|Only T20I||Australia v India at Melbourne, Jan 29, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Western Australia v South Australia at Perth, Feb 10-13, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Derbyshire v Worcestershire at Derby, May 19-22, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Western Australia v South Australia at Perth, Feb 16, 2011 scorecard|
|Last List A||Derbyshire v Worcestershire at Derby, May 16, 2017 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||South Australia v New South Wales at Adelaide, Jan 4, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers at Perth, Jan 28, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/73, 1/27||Worcs||v Derbyshire||Derby||19 May 2017||FC|
|1/31||Worcs||v Derbyshire||Derby||16 May 2017||LA|
|13, 5/92, 0, 0/19||Australia||v India||Dharamsala||25 Mar 2017||Test # 2258|
|1, 1/163, 2||Australia||v India||Ranchi||16 Mar 2017||Test # 2256|
|8/50, 0, 0/82, 2||Australia||v India||Bengaluru||4 Mar 2017||Test # 2251|
|0, 1/21, 13, 4/53||Australia||v India||Pune||23 Feb 2017||Test # 2250|
|4/162||Australia||v India A||Mumbai (BS)||17 Feb 2017||FC|
|9*, 1/28||Syd Sixers||v Scorchers||Perth||28 Jan 2017||T20|
|4/23, 0*||Syd Sixers||v Heat||Brisbane||25 Jan 2017||T20|
|2/18||Syd Sixers||v Melb Stars||Melbourne||21 Jan 2017||T20|
An offspinner whose work as a curator took him from Canberra to Adelaide, Nathan Lyon completed a remarkable rise when he was picked in Australia's Test squad in July 2011. The previous year, he had taken up a job on the Adelaide Oval groundstaff, and his bowling talent was spotted by the Redbacks' Big Bash coach Darren Berry. Lyon impressed in Twenty20s for South Australia, made his first-class debut, and within seven months was a Test cricketer. A classical offspinner who flights the ball and looks for wickets, Lyon struck with his first ball in Test cricket when he had Kumar Sangakkara caught at slip in Galle. It was part of a haul of 5 for 34 and the beginning of a career that would, for the most part, end Australia's cycle of churning through Test spinners in the post-Warne era. By 2015, Lyon had become Australia's most successful Test offspinner of all time, passing Hugh Trumble's tally of 141 wickets, and following the post-Ashes retirements of Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Shane Watson, he became one of the team's most experienced players.
However, Lyon's career was not without bumps along the way. In 2013 he was dropped from the Test team twice, first in India after he was attacked by MS Dhoni in the first Test in Chennai, and then for the first two Tests of the Ashes tour of England. The Ashes axing was especially galling for Lyon, given that he had taken nine wickets in his previous Test, the fourth and final Test of the Indian tour in Delhi, and he was overlooked for the uncapped teenager Ashton Agar. By the third Test of the Ashes, Lyon was rightfully back in the side and continued to be a consistent performer. One gap in his game had been the ability to bowl Australia to victory in the fourth innings of a Test, but he finally achieved that against India in Adelaide in 2014-15, in what became his first Man-of-the-Match performance. Lyon has also played a handful of one-day internationals but, despite first making his name for South Australia in T20, he has generally been considered by the national selectors a Test-only prospect.
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