Sheffield Shield: Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood bowl NSW to first win in 11 games
Nathan Lyon claimed his first five-wicket haul in the Sheffield Shield. (Image: @CricketNSW)

The reunited Australian Test pair of Nathan Lyon (5/94) and Josh Hazlewood (4/30) has combined to bowl New South Wales to their first Sheffield Shield victory in 11 matches, sharing nine wickets to inflict upon Queensland a 163-run defeat in Canberra on Monday.

Lyon – who took four wickets in Queensland s first inning – ripped out the opposition s middle order inside seven overs at Manuka Oval as they fell from 67/3 to 88/6 after Hazlewood, Australia’s Test vice-captain, removed Joe Burns for 38 in his second spell.

Burns wicket off the last ball of the 23rd over was followed by Lyon dismissing Charlie Humphrey (17), Sam Heazlett (1) and Queensland captain Jimmy Pierson (1) to trigger the collapse.

Jack Wildermuth struck the second fifty of the innings, hitting 84 from 91 balls with 10 fours and two sixes, before he became Lyon s fourth wicket. Hazlewood added to Queensland s problems with two lower-order wickets and Lyon ended the innings on 216 when he had Michael Swepson lbw for an eight-ball 17.

This marked the first Sheffield Shield five-wicket haul for Lyon, Australia s most successful finger spinner in Test cricket with 318 wickets.

This match brought together the Ashes-winning quarter of Lyon, Hazlewood, Starc and Pat Cummins for the first time since the controversial Newlands Test match in March as the national selectors prepare to name Australia’s Test squad for the start of the home summer against No 1 ranked India. Lyon and Hazlewood, in particular, have warmed up with a find outing in red-ball cricket.

Among those to fail on Monday were Test hopefuls Matt Renshaw (6) and Labuschagne (4). Renshaw was dismissed by Hazlewood and Labuschagne by Mitchell Starc.

The first Test between India and Australia starts December 6 in Adelaide.

 

Brief scores: New South Wales 279 (Henriques 152, Steketee 4/38) & 360/3 decl (Larkin 175*, Hughes 116) beat Queensland 260 (Neser 62, Labuschagne 52, Lyon 4/83) and 216 (Wildermuth 84, Lyon 5/94, Hazlewood 4/30) by 163 runs