Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon is on the cusp of making history. The veteran off-spinner is gearing up to play his 100th Test at Brisbane. The Gabba Test, fourth of the Border Gavaskar series, is all set to be a cracker of a game with the series level after three games. And it being Lyon’s milestone game, he is excited to make a mark and win the prestigious trophy for his side.
Lyon shares that have been able to represent his country in 100 red ball games is humbling. And is overjoyed to join some greatest of the game in the list of players to have played 100 Tests or more. The crafty off-spinner is close to scripting yet another record as he closes in on 400 Test wickets. Lyon currently boasts of 296 wickets in 99 Tests.
“I look at the other 12 guys who have played more than 100 Test matches of cricket for Australia and they’re pure legends,” Lyon was quoted by cricket.com.au. “Not just for Australia but (other 100-Test players from) all around the world, I’m going to pinch myself each and every day to see my name up against those fellows.”
“It’s pretty amazing. I’ve tried in the past not to look too far ahead. But I’m pretty excited about this … just the thought of playing 100 Test matches for Australia is very humbling.“
Want to play as much cricket for Australia as I can
The 33 year old ishares that his Test match career is far from over. Lyon asserts that he is ‘hungrier than ever’ and is looking to play as much cricket as possible donning the Baggy Green cap. The New South Welshman shares that he has learn’t a lot over the years. And has overcome his lack confidence, which once was a trademark of his during the early days in the Aussie side.
“I’m far from being done,” Lyon said. “I’m still hungrier than ever. I want to go out there and play as much cricket for Australia as I can … win a lot of Test series for Australia. I’ve obviously learnt so much, grown in confidence quite a fair bit.“
The SCG pitch proved to be a formidable obstacle for the veteran offie as he ended up picking only two wickets over the course of the game. Lyon asserts that it was a learning expereince and he already has some plans in place for the final Test in Brisbane.
“I was still able to get some spin out of it,” Lyon said. “They played extremely well. We’ve put in place a couple of new plans since that last Test. I’m still learning … I’ll continue to learn, 100 Test matches and beyond.“