Distraught Nathan Lyon hobbles off at Lord’s with a calf injury in MAJOR blow to Australia with spinner’s Ashes campaign in doubt
- Nathan Lyon hobbled off the field on Day Two of the second Test at Lord’s
- The Australian spinner appeared to pull his left calf
- Lyon has taken nine wickets in this series and has played 100 straight Tests
Australia were dealt a huge injury scare in the evening session on Day Two of the second Test at Lord’s as Nathan Lyon hobbled off the field in agony.
Lyon was fielding on the boundary and appeared to pull his calf muscle in his left leg, while running in to stop the ball, before disconsolately walking off the field alongside a team doctor.
Earlier, Lyon removed Zak Crawley for 48 to claim his 496th Test wicket and his ninth of the series.
On the opening day of the Lord’s Test, Australia’s star spinner became only the sixth man to play in 100 consecutive Tests and the third Australian after Allan Border and Mark Waugh with 153 and 107 Tests respectively.
Since his Test debut in August 2011, Lyon has missed only four of the 125 Tests Australia have played – against India at Perth in 2012 and Hyderabad during the tour of India in 2013.
Nathan Lyon appeared to suffer a serious muscle injury in the final session of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Thursday afternoon
The Australian spinner looked in clear discomfort as he walked off the pitch
Lyon appear to feel his left calf muscle as he walked off helped by a doctor
In the same year, he sat out the first two Ashes Test at Trent Bridge and Lord’s when he was dropped for Ashton Agar.
Lyon needs just four more wickets to become only the third Australian in history to take 500 Test wickets.
Lyon’s 496 Test wickets rank eighth all time and fourth among spinners, while with 708 and 563 wickets respectively the late Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath are the only two Australians to have taken more Test scalps.
Sri Lanka star Muttiah Muralitharan tops the list with 800 ahead of Warne, with India’s Anil Kumble on 619 splitting England’s long-standing pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad with 686 and 588 Test wickets respectively.
McGrath follows in sixth, with former West Indies paceman Courtney Walsh one spot and 24 wickets ahead of Lyon.