Aussie cricket GOAT Nathan Lyon is set to break a new record and become the only bowler in cricket history to achieve it
- First specialist bowler to reach a select group
- Lords could be the venue for 500 Test wickets
- No thoughts of retiring anytime soon
Nathan ‘Gary’ Lyons will hit some unique milestones when Australia take on old rivals England next Wednesday at Lords in the second test of this year’s Ashes series.
The Adelaide spinner will lace up his boots and put on his baggy green for the 100th time in a row – moving him up to 6th on the longest Test streak of all time.
And he will become the only specialist bowler to make the list – a monumental achievement in itself.
Known as Gary, the GOAT Nathan Lyons (pictured) looks poised to etch his name into some record books at the upcoming Lords Ashes Test
Only a handful of true superstars, including Sir Alastair Cook (159), Allan Border (153), Mark Waugh (107), Sunil Gavaskar (106) and Brendon McCullum (101), beat him to it.
England’s Sir Alastair Cook (pictured) leads the exclusive group of over 100 consecutive test matches
Last week, Nathan Lyons along with his captain Pat Cummins steered Australia to a gloriously memorable test win
It will be a huge honor to join such a select group of players with India’s Anil Kumble, the closest bowler behind him on 60 straight.
But 35-year-old Lyon is not resting on his laurels.
He is also considering taking his 500th wicket in this Lords Test as well.
Currently he has caught 495.
“It’s quite amazing when you sit back and look at the names that have managed to take 500 test wickets,” said Lyon. Fox Sports.
“I know I’ve been very lucky and I’m thankful for my journey so far.
“It was amazing, and if I can tick that box above the Ashes, that would be very special.
“When I look at what I’ve been able to achieve, the tests and the series we’ve won, I feel like the end could sneak up on you pretty quickly.
Lyon celebrates that extraordinary Ashes test win last week with its captain Pat Cummins looking to tick the 500 wicket box at Lords
“I still feel I have a lot of cricket left in me and I personally know I want to achieve some big goals in the next few years.
“I’ll definitely look back on it when I call stumps, but not for a while.”
Lyons feels he still has a lot to offer and hopes to go at least another five years.
“There is no line in the sand. I’m not saying I want to take that many wickets and then quit,” Lyon told AAP last month.
“It’s still about trying to get better every day, learning and really enjoying the game.”
“You can never be satisfied because you will never win this game,” he continued.
‘I’ve never met anyone who can master the game of cricket. I certainly won’t overcome it, but I’m going to do my best to learn every day and try to get better.
“You learn from your mistakes on your journey and you find a way to get better.”