Player Profile

Nathan Michael Lyon
Australia
Born November 20, 1987 ( 32 Yrs )
Birth Place Young, New South Wales
Height 1.81 m
Known As
Player Role Bowler
Player Bat Style Right Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Right-arm offbreak

Career Information - Teams

South Australia, Australia, Adelaide Strikers, Australians, New South Wales, Sydney Sixers, Australia A, Sydney Thunder, Worcestershire, Prime Ministers XI


ICC Rankings

TEST ODI T20
Batting
Bowling
All Rounder

Profile

Born on November 20, 1987, Nathan Lyon began his career as a member of the ground-staff team at the Adelaide Oval after finishing a 4-year apprenticeship at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.

His off-breaks caught the eyes of South Australia's Big Bash coach, Darren Berry and was recruited into the Redbacks T20 team in 2010-11. After impressing in the T20's, Lyon went on to represent South Australia in the Sheffield Shield and the domestic one day competition. His fast rise saw him get selected for the 'A' tour of Zimbabwe in 2011 where he finished with 11 wickets in the tri-series to earn the Man of the Series award.

His efforts at the domestic and the 'A' levels did not go unnoticed. Australia were looking for a spinner since the retirement of Shane Warne and Lyon found himself touring with the national squad for the 3-test series against Sri Lanka. A classical off-spinner who loves to flight the ball, Lyon found immediate success and claimed a 5-wicket haul on his debut at Galle thus becoming the 131st player to do so. His returns were modest in the remaining part of the tour, but Lyon had shown that he is a long term prospect in the Australian tour.

Interesting fact: When he dismissed Kumar Sangakkara with his 1st ball in international cricket, Lyon became the 14th bowler and 2nd Australian to take a wicket with the very 1st ball of an international career. He finished with 5/34 in the first innings, becoming the 131st player to take five wickets on debut in a Test match.

Lyon played his first test in Australia at the Gabba against New Zealand in the first Test match of the series. Lyon took 4/69 in the first innings and 3/19 in his second innings resulting in match figures of 7/88, which is the best Test match bowling figures by an Australian off-spinner at the venue.

In April 2013, Lyon was named as the only spinner for the 2013 Ashes in England. It held true until hours before the first Test when he was dropped out of the line-up in favour of Ashton Agar. However, he was recalled to the team for the Third Ashes Test, and in the Fourth Test at Chester-le-Street, he took figures of 4/42 on the first day and reduced England to 238 in their first innings.

He cemented his place in the side by the end of the 2013 Ashes series and skipper Michael Clarke couldn't ignore him for any of the Tests in the return Ashes series Down Under. He gave tremendous support to the fast bowlers trio of Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle by maintaining tight lines. He was Clarke's go-to man when he needed to stem the run flow. When the seamer's were not able to get the breakthrough, Lyon put his hand up and broke a number of crucial partnerships. He ended up with 19 wickets in the series which meant he had booked a seat on the flight to South Africa. Lyon bagged 8 wickets in the 3-match series and again played a crucial part and helped his side win a hard fought series 2-1.

While team was on national duty to play limited overs cricket. Lyon rolls his arms over in the domestic circuit as the selectors want him purely as a Test bowler. He represented the Sydney Sixers in the 2013/14 Big Bash League and did fairly well.

\"Nathon Lyon works very hard on his bowling. He's the best off-spinner Australia has ever produced.\" - lauded Shane Warne as the offie continued to pick wickets even in pacer-friendly tracks. Such is Lyon's class and consistency. He consumed scalps in the 2015 Ashes but was overlooked for the shorter version of game. He had a terrific 2015-16 home summer and was drafted into the side for the 5-match ODI series against India. Lyon was mediocre during that series and was yet again denied a ticket for the 2016 World T20. After Australia's exit from the mega event, cricket purists affirmed that Nathan Lyon would have been an impact player had he been part of the squad. Lyon though continues to be one of the senior members of the Australian Test side till date.

Lyon also made a surprise entry into Australia's white-ball squads during the 2018-19 and while he hasn't been a genuine wicket-taking option, the off spinner has provided the control that he renowned for. With his tidy brand of slow bowling, he has formed a good partnership with Adam Zampa whenever the two have played together. However, Lyon is definitely the back up spinner but still, he would be pleased to be in the reckoning for limited-overs cricket and his World Cup call up means that the selectors have faith in him delivering on the big stage.

World Cup through the years
Nathan Lyon will be playing in his first World Cup in the 2019 edition. His selection was a surprising one, considering that he hadn’t been a regular in recent years, bar the 2018-19 season when the Australian team went through a lot of revamp. With Australia’s penchant for fielding three seamers, it’s unlikely that Lyon will start as Adam Zampa is the first choice spinner. However, with the tournament being a long one, tracks could get tired and drier in the second half, which could bring in the possibility of teams fielding an extra spinner. Lyon is a quality option to have in such a scenario and also capable of playing as the lone spinner in case of emergencies.

By Pradeep Krishnamurthy and Raju Peethala


Career

TEST debut vs Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium, Aug 31, 2011
Last TEST vs New Zealand at Perth Stadium, Dec 12, 2019
ODI debut vs Sri Lanka at Adelaide Oval, Mar 08, 2012
Last ODI vs England at Edgbaston, Jul 11, 2019
T20 debut vs India at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Jan 29, 2016
Last T20 vs Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium , Oct 28, 2018

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 29 14 10 77 30 19.25 83 92.77 0 0 0 7 2
T20 2 1 1 4 4 0 4 100 0 0 0 0 0
Test 94 121 38 1024 47 12.34 2169 47.21 0 0 0 132 6
IPL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 29 29 1626 1334 29 44/4 44/4 4.92 46 56.07 0 0
T20 2 2 30 48 1 33/1 33/1 9.6 48 30 0 0
Test 94 180 24091 12086 376 50/8 154/13 3.01 32.14 64.07 16 2
IPL 0 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0