Nathan Lyon fourth Australian to claim 350 Test wickets
Nathan Lyon spun Australia to victory with 6/49. © AFP

Offspinner Nathan Lyon has become the fourth Australia bowler to claim 350 or more wickets in Test cricket. Lyon needed seven wickets to achieve the milestone, something which three Australians – Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Dennis Lillee – have managed before him.

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The 31-year-old was seven wickets short of the landmark before ongoing the Edgbaston Test against England. He picked 3/112 in England’s first innings and drew an edge off allrounder Ben Stokes in the second dig to pick his fourth and 350th wicket.

S.No Player Matches Wickets
1 Shane Warne 145 708
2 Glenn Mcgrath 124 563
3 Dennis Lillee 70 355
4 Nathan Lyon 87 352
5 Mitchell Johnson 73 313

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The offie then dismissed Moeen Ali to claim his 15th five-wicket haul too. Moeen has now been added to his list of bunnies whom he has dismissed nine times alongside India’s Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. He finished with figures of 6/49 as Australia recorded a big 251-run win to take 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Lyon’s next target is Lillee’s 355 Test wickets, a record he’s just three short of equalling, as he hopes to surpass that and become the third all-time leading wicket-taker from Australia in the format.

S. no Player Country Matches Wickets
1 Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka 133 800
2 Shane Warne Australia 145 708
3 Anil Kumble India 132 619
4 Rangana Herath Sri Lanka 93 433
5 Harbhajan Singh India 103 417
6 Daniel Vettori New Zealand 113 362
7 Nathan Lyon Australia 87 352
8 Ravichandran Ashwin India 65 342
9 Lance Gibbs West Indies 79 309
10 Derek Underwood England 86 297

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Lyon’s rise as Australia’s premier spinner has been a remarkable story. A year before being called up in Australia’s Test squad in 2011, he joined Adelaide Oval groundstaff. He then had a memorable start to his international career, taking a wicket off his very first delivery in Test cricket and that too of Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara.