Nathan Lyon bags four wickets in Australia Test; Surpasses Courtney Walsh

Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon (Image: CA)

The Australian spinner Nathan Lyon becomes the seventh-highest wicket-taker in tests after surpassing West Indies legend Courtney Walsh.

Nathan Lyon bags four wickets in Australia Test

The off-spinner Nathan Lyon has reached the landmark after bagging four wickets in the first innings of the first test on Australia’s tour of New Zealand 2024.

He has bagged 521 wickets in 128 tests during his test career. After dismissing the third wicket of the innings, Lyon broke Walsh’s record of 519 wickets and surpassed him in the all-time bowling list.

He has bowled 32,440 balls in the tests which shows his remarkable endurance and skill. To be noted, he never bowled a no-ball in his test career after delivering 31,608 balls.

By the milestone he reached, he surpassed many legends of the games but was still behind players like Muralitharan, Shane Warner, James Anderson, and Anil Kumble.

Among his achievements, his five wickets against India in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy which took him from 116 wickets to 121 wickets has been the highest for any bowler in the series.

Australia openers Steve Smith and Khawaja had a decent run as they scored 61 runs for the first wicket.

After the dismissal of Labuschagne for one run by Kuggeleijn, Green came to bat at No. 4 in the lineup and arrived at the crease right after the lunch break on Thursday.

Despite Green started scoring runs, top-class batters like Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh were sent out at regular intervals.

Marsh was the other scorer for Australia as he smashed 40 runs on 29 deliveries. But New Zealand bowlers continued to create havoc on Australia’s batting lineup.

With the dismissal of Alex Carey, Starc, Cummins, and Lyon, Hazlewood joined forces with Cameron Green who scored 174* runs for the side in the first innings. Cameron Green and Josh Hazlewood have recorded for scoring 116 runs which is the highest stand for 10th wicket.

With the dismissal of Hazlewood for 22 runs, Australia scored 383 runs. On the other hand, Matt Henry bagged a five-wicket haul while another bowler William Kuddeleijn bagged two wickets each.

On the other hand, the Australian bowlers terrified the New Zealand batting line-up dismissing the top order and few wickets in the middle order. They bagged 5 wickets for 29 runs where Williamson and Rachin Ravindra were sent out on a duck.

Tom Blundell and Glenn Maxwell joined forces to lift the score above a hundred. But soon after the former’s dismissal, New Zealand crumbled as they scored only 179 runs in the 44th over.

Matt Henry who bagged five wickets, has also been impressive with bat scoring 42 runs. Lyon was impressive after dismissing four batters while Hazlewood bagged two wickets.

Australia started the second innings and lost 2 wickets for four runs. They scored 13 runs by the end of the 8th over before the end of day 02 at Basin Reserve, Wellington.