Nathan Lyon © Getty Images
Nathan Lyon © Getty Images

Ace spinner Nathan Lyon on Thursday completed 50 Tests for Australia, as he was a part of the playing eleven for the first Test of the Frank Worrell Trophy 2015-16 that began against the West Indies. Lyon has been Australia’s first-choice spinner in Test cricket, but he does not enjoy the same favour when it comes to limited-overs cricket. Lyon became Australia’s most successful off-spinner earlier this year during the tour of the West Indies, when he went past Hugh Trumble’s tally of 141 wickets in Test cricket. Lyon has so far taken 172 wickets in Test cricket for Australia, and is one of the pillars of their bowling attack. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs West Indies 2015-16, 1st Test at Hobart, Day 1

Lyon became Australia’s most successful off-spinner at the age of 27, and it is likely that the right-arm bowler will end with many more to his name given the form he has been in. Lyon had achieved the feat in his 41st Test of his career. Lyon made his debut during Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2011, and has played majority of his Test career so far under the leadership of Michael Clarke.

Despite making his Test debut in 2011, Lyon had to wait for six months for playing his first international limited-overs match. Lyon made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka at Adelaide in March 2012, but since then he has played only eight matches for Australia. Lyon is yet to play a Twenty20 International (T20I) for Australia.

In the 49 Tests that Lyon has played so far, he has taken 172 wickets in 92 innings. Only once he has registered a 10-wicket haul in Test cricket, whereas there have been seven occasions when he has grabbed five wickets on more in a game.