Matches (20)
T20 World Cup (6)
CE Cup (4)
T20 Blast (10)

Full Name

Nathan Michael Lyon


November 20, 1987, Young, New South Wales


36y 207d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role


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 South Australia's Big Bash coach Darren Berry. Lyon impressed in T20s 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 delivery 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 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 he was affectionately nicknamed by his teammates as the GOAT - greatest of all time - as a result. Many more milestones followed. In 2023, against Pakistan in Perth, he joined the rare air of the 500 club.

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, Lyon was rightfully back in the side and continued to be a consistent performer. He did not miss another Test until being injured in the 2023 Ashes at Lord's, having brought up 100 consecutive appearances.

In late 2021, against England at the Gabba, he came just the third Australia to take 400 Test wickets leaving only Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne ahead of him. It was a more fitting moment than the 300th wicket three years earlier against South Africa at Newlands which was largely missed in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal. He has claimed two eight wickets in India: a career-best 8 for 15 in Bengaluru in 2017 and 8 for 64 in Indore in 2023.

Despite first making his name for South Australia in T20, Lyon has generally been considered by the national selectors a Test-only prospect - his limited batting often making him a tricky fit in the eleven - although did make the 2019 ODI World Cup squad. He is an excellent fielder and his direct hit to run out James Vince at the Gabba in 2017-18 Ashes was a key moment on the opening day of the series.
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Recent Matches of Nathan Lyon

Lancashire vs Warwickshire71/75 & 1/3324-May-2024ManchesterFC
Lancashire vs Durham6*4/59 & 2/9517-May-2024BlackpoolFC
Lancashire vs Kent3* & 0*3/50 & 2/4803-May-2024ManchesterFC
Lancashire vs Essex0 & 2*2/6519-Apr-2024ChelmsfordFC
Lancashire vs Hampshire8*3/110 & 2/4712-Apr-2024SouthamptonFC

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Tom Hartley and Nathan Lyon have a chat in the field
Nathan Lyon claimed 2 for 97 on the opening day
Nathan Lyon chats to his new Lancashire team-mate Tom Hartley
Nathan Lyon trained with Lancashire for the first time
Nathan Lyon poses with his Lancashire shirt
Nathan Lyon was handy as the nightwatcher again