Nathan Lyon’s long wait for a 400th Test wicket is over, with the off-spinner excusing Dawid Malan in his second over on day four of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba.
Lyon had bowled 33 wicketless overs in the Test and waited close to 12 months since his last Test wicket, in Australia’s last Test in January, to accomplish the achievement.
He oversaw it in the fourth over of the day with Malan (82) edging onto his pad for Marnus Labuschagne to take a sharp catch under his nose at silly point.
The wicket was a crucial one for the hosts, barely short of the second new ball, as the recuperating England hoped to set Australia a target.
Cameron Green then, at that point, followed up with the key wicket of Joe Root (89) preceding Lyon dismissed Ollie Pope (4) to diminish the tourists to 5-234, still behind Australia’s first innings total to leave any desires for a popular rebound triumph destroyed.
Lyon is currently just the third Australian bowler to take 400 Test wickets, behind Shane Warne (708) and Glenn McGrath (563), who are both retired.
The veteran’s journey for a 400th scalp demonstrated a talking point all through 2020-21, when Australia failed to bowl India out at the SCG and Gabba.
The tweaker was stuck on 399 wickets after his 100th Test demonstrated remarkable for every one of some wrong reasons, with India storming to a series triumph in Brisbane in January.
A delayed Test tour through South Africa implied Australia had to stand by very nearly 11 months for an opportunity to don the loose green once more.
Lyon admitted last month the achievement had been at the forefront of his thoughts for a “fair amount of time”.
The 34-year-old has charted an exceptional way to the top of world cricket, broadly functioning as a curator in Adelaide whenever allowed an opportunity to sparkle in Australia’s domestic Twenty20 competition toward the beginning of 2011.
Soon thereafter, Lyon made his Test debut in Sri Lanka and took the wicket of Kumar Sangakkara with his first delivery.
Australia’s leading Test wicket-takers
Shane Warne (708)
Glenn McGrath (563)
Nathan Lyon (401, ongoing)
Dennis Lillee (355)
Mitchell Johnson (313)