Nathan Lyon surpasses Mitchell Johnson to fourth place in Australia’s all-time Test list
Nathan Lyon has 314 wickets and counting, in his 80th Test match. @Getty

The offspinner Nathan Lyon has moved to become the fourth most successful Test bowler for Australia after taking four wickets in six balls during the opening session of the second Test in Abu Dhabi.

When he dismissed Pakistan batsman Babar Azam as his fourth wicket of a crippling pre-lunch spell, Lyon moved past Mitchell Johnson’s mark of 313 Test wickets to stand behind Shane Warne (708), Glenn McGrath (563) and Dennis Lillee (355) in Australia’s all-time list of Test wickets.

Lyon, 30, is already Australia’s most successful finger spinner in Test history and given the amount of Test cricket Australia have lined up, looks in line to surpass Lillee and settle in behind Warne and McGrath.

After the ongoing Abu Dhabi Test, Australia host India for four Tests and then Sri Lanka for two more in January-February, followed by five Tests in England next summer.

This is Lyon’s 80th Test after he made his debut in Sri Lanka in 2011.