Nathan Lyon has beaten Ravichandran Ashwin (52) and Kagiso Rabada (54) to become the highest wicket-taker in 2017 in Tests with a total of 55 wickets. Lyon achieved this, thanks to his figures of 4/60 during the second Test at Adelaide, which also helped the hosts bundle out England for 227 runs. Lyon’s brilliant spell which also included a breathtaking one-handed catch helped Australia in the Adelaide Test.
Lyon did most of his bowling in seam-friendly conditions, something that does not aid the spinners.
Lyon has picked up 278 wickets at an average of 31.54 in 71 Tests. Revealing the reasons behind the success Lyon had said,
I worked a lot with John Davison in the lead-up to the Big Bash games, I used to bowl an hour every day. I bowled about 1200 balls in Dubai. I watched a lot of Ashwin tapes, but I stuck to my strength of getting the bounce.
Lyon spearheads the Australian spin department since the retirement of former great Shane Warne. Lyon holds the record for the most Test wickets taken by an Australian off-spin bowler, after passing Hugh Trumble’s 141 wickets couple of years ago in 2015. He is 30 years old and has a long career ahead of him.