Nathan Lyon

Born November 20, 1987Young, New South Wales
Age 26 Years, 11 Months, 11 Days
National Side Australia
Batting Style Right Handed
Bowling Off break
Batting Rank Test - NA, ODI - NA
Bowling Rank Test - 21, ODI - 98
Test Debut August 31, 2011 v Sri Lanka
Last Test October 22, 2014 v Pakistan
ODI Debut March 8, 2012 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI October 10, 2014 v Pakistan
CL Debut September 25, 2011 v Warriors
Last CL October 5, 2011 v Bangalore
Teams Played Australia, South Australia, Australia A, New South Wales, Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Sixers
Man of the Match Test - 0, ODI - 0, CL - 0,
Career Span 2011 - 2014, 2012 - 2014, 2011,

With just four first-class matches to his credit, Nathan Lyon's career took a huge leap when he received a surprise call-up in Australia's Test squad for their series against Sri Lanka in 2011.

Initially a curator at the Adelaide Oval, this off-spinner was first spotted by South Australian Redback's Big Bash coach Darren Berry. Consequently, Lyon went on to make his first-class debut in early 2011, and impressed with his bowling. He emerged as the leading wicket-taker in the Twenty20 Big Bash for his team that year, which eventually led to the Redbacks winning the competition.

Best known for bowling flighted deliveries and a knack of taking wickets, Lyon then represented Australia A in their one-day side for the tour to Zimbabwe. His 11 wickets in that series earned him the "Man of the Series" award. This performance was impressive enough for the selectors and they immediately called for his inclusion in the Test side. Lyon also signed up for Adelaide Strikers in Australia's inaugural Big Bash League in 2011-12, which came as a replacement for the originally created Twenty20 Big Bash.

Lyon came of age and experience during Australia's away and home Ashes in 2013. After his stand-out bowling on debut with figures of 5/34, Lyon had a quiet time in international cricket, but kept his place due to the dearth of quality spinners in Australia post the Warne-era. However, he continued believing in himself and returned with good figures against England in the Ashes.

The return Ashes in Australia, in the same year, 2013, saw him truly emerge as a potentially good spinner for the future. He overshadowed Graeme Swann with his consistent ability and persistence to keep on flighting the ball and was rewarded with wickets at crucial junctures. The 2013 Ashes Down Under was probably won due to Mitchell Johnson but Lyon held his own.

Player Tracker

Batting & Fielding

34
43
22
Runs »
327
40*
v WI
0
0
Fours »
43
Sixes »
1
15.57
39.44
14
0

Bowling

66
Overs »
1280.1
264
Runs »
3915
114
7/94
v IND
3.05
67.37

Last 5 Performances

Batting Bowling Opposition Match Date
4*(5) & 0(3) 2/148 & 0/72 v Pakistan Oct 22, 2014
DNB & DNB 0/53 & 0/10 v South Africa Mar 01, 2014
15(43) & 0(4) 5/130 & 1/48 v South Africa Feb 20, 2014
4*(3) & DNB 2/38 & 0/33 v South Africa Feb 12, 2014
1*(3) & 6*(10) 1/57 & 2/70 v England Jan 03, 2014