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Lyon notches up 100 wickets at home

Stats highlights from the first day's play of the third Test between Australia and West Indies at the SCG

Bharath Seervi
Nathan Lyon is the fifth spinner to take 100 or more Test wickets in Australia  •  Getty Images

Nathan Lyon is the fifth spinner to take 100 or more Test wickets in Australia  •  Getty Images

5 Spinners who have taken 100 or more Test wickets in Australia. The latest addition to this list is Nathan Lyon, who took his 100th Test wicket in Australia when he dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite.
32 Overs bowled by Lyon on the first day at the SCG - the most by a spinner on the first day of a Test in Australia since 2010. The previous best was Graeme Swann's 29 overs on the first day of the Adelaide Test in 2010. Overall, there are only five instances when a spinner has bowled more overs than Lyon in a day's play of a Test in Australia since 2010. Lyon himself had sent down 35 overs on the fifth day of the Adelaide Test against South Africa in 2012, the most on the list.
6 Fifty-plus scores in away Tests for Kraigg Brathwaite, including his 85 in this innings. The knock is also his second fifty of the series: he had made 94 in the second innings of the Hobart Test. Brathwaite has made 844 runs at 32.46 in Tests outside the West Indies, two more than he has made at home. Overall, this was Brathwaite's 12th fifty-plus scores in Tests. He has scored 1686 runs at 34.40 so far in the format.
2006The last time Australia played with two frontline spinners in a Test at SCG - Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill against South Africa. The spin pair took only six wickets between them in that Test. Australia are playing this Test with Nathan Lyon and Steve O'Keefe. Incidentally, spinners have averaged 47.78 at this venue in Tests since 2006, the second worst average among all venues that have hosted at least five Tests.
65 Runs by Marlon Samuels in his last nine Test innings, including the 4 he scored in West Indies' first innings in Sydney. The highest he has managed in these innings is 19. In his previous nine innings before the slump, he had accumulated 380 runs with a century and two fifties. This is also the longest he has gone in Tests without a fifty-plus score. Before this, he had an eight-innings streak - between April 2003 and November 2005 - when he did not score a single fifty. He was also run-out for the first time in 114 innings on Sunday.
2013 The previous instance of West Indies scoring 100 runs before losing their second wicket in an away Test. A 91-run stand for the second wicket in this innings at SCG ensured that West Indies had scored 100 runs before they lost their second wicket. This innings was the first time in ten away Tests and 18 innings that they managed to put 100 runs on the board before losing their second wicket. The previous instance when they recorded this statistic in any Test came last year in the second innings in Grenada against England, 15 innings and eight Tests ago.
3 Partnerships between 90 and 99 runs for West Indies in this series, including the 91-run stand between Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo in the first innings of this Test. Bravo has been part of all three stands. He had a 99-run partnership with Kemar Roach in Hobart and added 90 runs with Carlos Brathwaite in Melbourne. Only in two previous series, irrespective of number of matches, have West Indies had more partnerships in the nineties .

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo.