Nathan Lyon scripts history in Tests
Australia’s Nathan Lyon has scripted history in his Test career as he surpassed Dennis Lillee to become the third most successful wicket-taker for Australia in red-ball cricket.
Lyon clinched the feat when he took Joe Root’s wicket on Day 4 of the third Ashes Test match against England in Headingley on Sunday.
England’s best batsman Joe Root went down the pitch to Nathan Lyon’s third ball of the day and attempted to work it legside. But the ball deflected off his back leg, looped over Australia skipper and wicketkeeper Tim Paine, with David Warner taking a stupendous diving catch at first slip. As of now, Lyon has taken 356 wickets in 89 Test matches.
Joe Root added just two runs to his overnight tally before he was eventually dismissed for 77 which also strengthened Australia’s chances of completing an Ashes-clinching win.
The conclusion of Joe Root’s 205-ball innings left England at 159-4 in the 78th over and still needing 200 runs to reach the target of 359. But England’s saviour was Ben Stokes who scored a match-winning 135* (11 fours, 8 sixes) which will forever be etched in the hearts of cricket fans.
He played with gumption and single-handedly steered England to a pulsating 1 wicket win when the team lost all other batsmen. England became the second team to have made more than 300 to clinch the match in the fourth innings of a Test at Headingley.
The other teams were Australia (404-3 in 1948), England (315-4 against Australia, 2001) and the West Indies with 322-5 two years ago.
After England sealed a sensational thriller over Aussies in the third Test, the series stands at 1-1. The fourth Test is scheduled to play on September 4 at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.
(With agency inputs)