Nathan Lyon Biography
The story of Nathan Lyon has been a fascinating one. From being a groundsman at the Adelaide Oval, Lyon has zoomed to the top to become Australia’s best Test spinner since Shane Warne. Arguably, that is not a remarkable achievement given that Australia have struggled to produce a decent spinner since the blonde Victorian legend, for Stuart MacGill and Brad Hogg quit within a year of Warne’s retirement.
Australia’s spin cupboard was disappointingly bare once the three veterans called it a day. They tried as many as many as 11 spinners (including Steve Smith, who ended by being the No. 1 ranked Test batsman, and Cameron White, who evolved into a specialist batsman as well) before settling on Lyon.
While far from outstanding, Lyon is a more than efficient spinner who knows his limitations and bowls well within them. Not a huge turner of the ball, Lyon relies on relentless accuracy and subtle variations to get batsmen out. His stamina is inexorable, his concentration unwavering, his accuracy infallible.
On fast home tracks, Lyon operates as the stock bowler as the pace-men make inroads into the opposition.
However, when conditions favour him, he has shown he is capable of running through when he took a career-best 7 for 94 against India on a crumbling Feroz Shah Kotla pitch. He also took 7 for 152 against the same opponents at Adelaide Oval in a memorable close win in 2014-15 to complete a remarkable transition from groundsman of Adelaide to Man of the Match on it. Few scripts have been written better.