The Ashes: Nathan Lyon on crossing 400 Test wickets – Has been a long time coming, was a special win

The Ashes: Nathan Lyon took four wickets on Saturday, thus ending his long wait for his 400th Test wicket. He now has 403 wickets, becoming the third Australian to surpass the milestone.

Lyon picked four wickets on Day 4. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lyon is the third Australian after McGrath and Warne to reach the mark
  • Lyon is now two wickets away from surpassing Curtly Ambrose
  • He ended the 162-run partnership between Joe Root and Dawid Malan
Nathan Lyon finally ended his wait for a 400th Test wicket and ended up leading Australia to victory on Day 4 of the first Ashes Test. Lyon dismissed Dawid Malan to end a 163-run partnership between him and England captain Joe Root that had helped the visitors fight back on Day 3.

Malan’s dismissal opened the floodgates for Australia and 32-run stand between Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes only gave England a slender lead before they were all out. Australia ended up chasing the target of 20 with nine wickets to spare.

“It has been a long time coming I daresay but it was pretty amazing to get that breakthrough. Fantastic morning session so pretty stoked with it,” Lyon said after the match.

“It was just one of those mornings. I felt I bowled pretty well yesterday but didn’t have much luck. You create your own luck and so very happy to contribute to a special Test win.”

Lyon said that Australia were just unlucky to not be able to get any wickets after dismissing the England openers and there were no change of plans on Saturday

“There wasn’t any change in plans, it was just about hanging tough. They were two very good batters, obviously Joe Root is the No.1 batter in the world, and they were allowed to play some good cricket. So it was just about us staying patient and doing the basics really well,” Lyon.

The 34-year-old said that there will some brief celebrations but Australia will then focus on the second Test, which will be a day-night affair and starts on December 16 in Adelaide.

“I love playing in Adelaide, probably my favourite ground. I know how to bowl out there. WE will get there and prepare well and make sure we go out firing. England is a quality team, they are going to bounce back, we all know that. We will celebrate tonight and get all the hard work in the lead up.

“Some pretty special things running through my mind. It was (Alex) Carey’s debut, Cameron Green’s first Test wicket, Travis Head scored an amazing hundred and then you got the first win for the skipper (Pat Cummins) so quite a bit to go through,” he said.

Lyon said that England will be dangerous in the second Test with senior fast bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson set to be included in the playing eleven. “They are world class players but to be honest, the guys they rolled out here are world class as well. I didn’t think Jimmy would play here at the Gabba but I know he will play in Adelaide. He is going to be a big inclusion for them,” said Lyon.

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