That willingness to scrap took Lyon from Young to Canberra to Adelaide, and finally to Sydney, thrusting him into the Australian team after only four Shield games. However, you might have to make some adjustments on the crease, some slight variations. "He came in pretty raw but had natural loop with the ball, had good fingers, and was able to turn it. CANCEL. I think that was a real coming of age for him. I knew that my opportunity would come again and had to make sure I took it with both hands.". ", "He was always looking over his shoulder, because the press and everyone saw him as a stopgap, waiting for the next big match-winning spinner to come along" I said, 'Get down here and have a look, I want to pick him.' The Instagram clue hinting that Aussie cricket star Nathan Lyon is about to wed his mistress. Looking now at my career, one thing I'm proud about is that resilience and being able to compete in different conditions against the best players in the world.". The single rotated the strike, but not without an anticipatory smile from Lyon - he was gaining control. Darren Berry. Much as Berry in his generation had been reminded of Tim May, Chappell was struck by how much Lyon's tall, slender frame, high action and drift, drop and spin recalled Ashley Mallett. "The wheels were moving over the summer and after the Sri Lankan trip.". The chance to "conquer the game of cricket" is seemingly beyond any player. The mentor: coach Darren Berry discovered Lyon's spin-bowling talent while Lyon was working as a groundsman and playing club cricket "He was leaking runs through the leg side and I said to him, 'On the subcontinent players use their wrists and they'll hit you from off stump through the leg side all day, so you've got to get an extra fielder at square leg because they'll just milk you for three singles. Offspinner Gavin Robertson, who bowled at the other end to Warne on the first of those tours, has spoken about the discombobulation of trying to amend an Australian spinner's method in Asia. They'd get to him with their feet, and he couldn't understand what was going on. I said, 'Mate, my advice to you is: go to the people you trust, whether that's your parents or Davo. I don't think he felt hugely embraced for a long period of time. “I said, ‘Dad you won’t believe this’, and he said, ‘What?’ … I said, ‘I’m making my debut’,” Lyon explained. "You need to look at the way the Indians or the Sri Lankans or the Bangladeshis bowl and learn the way they're thinking and the ways they're trying to get us Australians out. He won the game against the best players of spin. Lyon, "At that stage I was just the coach of the Big Bash team. And Warne, of course, was twice dismantled on India tours, in 1998 and 2001. Luckily enough I ended up playing senior cricket as a guy who tried to bat a little bit but also bowled some offbreaks. Lyon played the latter half of the Shield season for SA, and a final tick of approval to get him into the Australian team came from Greg Chappell, who was selector on duty for an Australia A tour of Zimbabwe in mid-year, and again for the Test series in Sri Lanka, where Lyon would debut, dismiss Kumar Sangakkara with his very first ball, and finish with 5 for 34 in his first innings. Having been to India and the UAE previously, coming to Sri Lanka in 2016, Lyon had experience others had lacked. Smith, who challenged Lyon to adapt, grew appreciably in his admiration this year. "I think I took about 3 for 14 off four overs and Andrew Zesers, an SA selector, came up to me and said, 'We're going to pick you in the Big Bash side for the Redbacks. Greg Chappell. Lyon's 12 for 286 in Adelaide in 2014 were his best match figures at the time, and the best by an Australian bowler against India Rather than asking Lyon to drop his arm path or try to undercut the ball, they advised him to look closely at the groupings for Herath's deliveries, which emphasise nagging accuracy, a consistent threat to the stumps, and subtle changes in pace and arc. But it really is an amazing story from 'Hey, I want to bowl', from Young to Canberra to Adelaide, rolling the wickets, have a bowl, 'This kid's good', stick him in the Big Bash, nine months later Test cricket and now 269 Test wickets.". When Mike Hussey walked into his hotel room after the 2007 New Year’s Test he found a note slipped under his door. "It's a really difficult thing to ask," Davison says. Long story short, Coxy had a look and said, 'Yeah, looks pretty good, I'll back your judgement. "I used to rate myself as a top three or four batsman back in the day," he says, wistfully. As for Lyon himself, the memories of Young and club competition, of mum and dad and Brendan and coach Dave Keenan and that game in Cowra and all the car trips to Canberra and the decision to gamble on cricket and turf curation - it's all part of how he got here. Having already tried out unsuccessfully for SA, leaving him to juggle club games for Prospect and commutes to play for the ACT, Lyon took some convincing to have a bowl. ', "I believe my stock ball will get anyone out in the world in any conditions, but it's about challenging their defence more regularly from different angles, spots and variations. Given that Brendan had already chosen legbreaks in games where the brothers would bat and bowl from opposite ends, Lyon reasoned it was best to try spinning it the opposite way. He batted four and would open the bowling. After staying back to the next, flatter, ball, Pujara was surprised by a slower delivery that bit off the surface and flew behind short leg. What makes this story even more complicated is that another source close to the cricketer claims “[Lyon] split from [Waring] more than one year ago.” “Nathan and Mel aren’t together, and have been separated for some time,” the source told Daily Mail. Given the speed of his initiation, what's most remarkable is how Lyon maintained a consistent place in Australian squads through the next five years, even though he was dropped from the Test team twice in early 2013. The clock was ticking towards lunch. New to Kayo? Someone like Jon Holland for his first Test [in Sri Lanka last year] - they want him to bowl differently to how he's bowled throughout his career. and he looked at me and said, 'Chuck, I'm flat', and I said, 'You're kidding me, I've never seen you flat, what's going on? That had come from a few sessions he had with Davison and Shane Watson when vying for inclusion in Australia's 2016 World T20 squad. Yet the series started to go awry from the moment Kusal Mendis decided he wasn't going to simply melt away in Sri Lanka's second innings in Pallekele, having watched how clueless Australia's batsmen had been against Rangana Herath. As cricket-loving kids, we all have them, that bigger, older guy who makes life fiendishly difficult. “I saw him as an 11-year-old at an Orange NSW coaching clinic,” O’Keeffe said on Saturday. Simply, it was because he spotted a trait deep inside him. © Getty Images. Nice Garry is the phrase that got linked to Lyon in December 2016 when wicket-keeper Matthew Wade shouted the same after every ball … "We were doing a centre-wicket practice session," Berry says. I didn't really consider I'd be in the mix to play, but first training session Darren Berry sat me down and said, 'You're not in this squad to make up the numbers, you're in the squad to play. "A fair amount of senior men were bowling mediums when I was growing up and there weren't many spinners," Lyon says. "There can be a lot of positives from growing up in the country," he says. In the spin weeks we do now, we practise in varying conditions. He was also facing a team of modest means, certainly nothing like the vaunted Indian top six, and few were counting on anything other than an Australia victory. Balls three and four were flighted as temptation, but Pujara offered only defence, barely covering the fourth as it turned in to take the inside part of his bat. After the Galle Test went even faster Sri Lanka's way than Pallekele, Lehmann let all and sundry know that Lyon was not doing the job. Coxy said, 'Well, he's not even in the state squad, he's just playing at Prospect.' If he looked like he was in a bit of trouble, Michael would get him out of there, and then with a new batsman he'd get him back. They’ve paid $3.8 million for a newly-built townhouse in Tennyson Point, the riverside suburb. The abbreviation stands for Greatest of All Time. But Kohli and Vijay batted really well, put on a good partnership. Nathan Michael Lyon (born 20 November 1987) is an Australian international cricketer. But on flat wickets, with big bats on small grounds, it's a big-risk ball in short-format cricket.". That was the thing that was really noticeable - he was able to turn the ball, and he was happy to bowl and ask plenty of questions," Higgs said in 2011, when Lyon first made it to the Australia side. Lyon became the 13th Australian to play 100 Test matches this week, a list which only features two other specialist bowlers – Warne and McGrath. Like most juniors he tried just about everything, from bowling seam-up to keeping wicket to batting. "My parents and my grandmother all took turns in driving me over, 90 minutes both ways, for a Saturday or a Sunday game or even a training session midweek," Lyon says. As a start, Lyon already had the phrase that would help: "bowl ugly". Former Australian Test spinner Kerry O’Keeffe has revealed the startling advice he gave Nathan Lyon’s parents in the late 1990s. Being told to bowl more like Herath or other Asian spinners was one thing, actually finding practical ways to do so in the midst of an Australian season while trying to hang on to his place was quite another. Get your free trial now & start streaming instantly >. Nathan Lyon played a pivotal role in breaching the Edgbaston fortress on Day Five of the first match of the 2019 Ashes. "Someone said, 'That bloke on the roller is a pretty good offspinner' and I said, 'Who is he?' How he came into his own by embracing Asian spin traditions without letting go of his own strengths. He'd let him bowl against the tail and gave him chances to get wickets. ", In the Lyon household, mother and father had differing views on Schofield going after their son. 1 in the ICC's rankings in February 2016, Lyon did just that. It just shows that you don't have to go through the whole pathway to have skill to play.". It was only last summer that Lyon found himself in another scrap, this time for his very future as an Australian Test cricketer. "We organised a session about how he went about bowling in India and got a similar message about being deadly accurate and hitting the stumps more often than not," says Davison. You haven't lost your talent. "Nathan Lyon's played a hundred Test matches, that's not easy to do and it means you’re absolutely top of the tree. An ensemble performer and also a fine gully fielder, he could, on occasion, be dominant when conditions suited. ", Lyon also had a session alongside Daniel Vettori in Brisbane. "So I rang Coxy, [SA director of cricket and a national selector at the time] and said, 'Mate, this kid down here is sensational.' I always wanted to do something bigger and better than Brendan, which gave me confidence to bowl offspin. Nathan Lyon is on the verge of 400 Test wickets, and has guided Australia to several victories throughout his stellar 10-year international career. Natural instinct would push Pujara further onto the defensive. “He goes, ‘That’s all right, at least you’ll play one game,’ and he hung up. ', "When the Sixers came down to Melbourne for the BBL, we had a bowl for about an hour. But Nathan Lyon is determined to use steep learning curves to rise to one of his biggest tests, as the off-spinner sits on the cusp of joining two groups reserved for Australian cricket legends. "I think I was about 11 or 12 at the time. Away from the backyard, on more level playing fields, it wasn't always possible to gain as much spin from fledgling fingers. A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. Cricket: Relive Nathan Lyon's astonishing Test debut. Pic: Getty "He bowled his heart out and at times we let him down in the field and at times balls didn't quite go to hand. I think Nathan had 1 for 90-odd at tea. I always say he was playing for Australia 18 months later, but it was less than 12 months from rolling the wicket at Adelaide Oval! That's what any spinner needs when they first come in at that level, because the margin for error is not that great.". I think many still say 'I'm not sure.' I can sit here and say I believe my stock ball will get anyone out in the world in any conditions, but it's about challenging their defence more regularly from different angles, spots and variations. "When you're on tour and you don't get the chance to play, you'd still rather be part of that squad than sitting at home or in the stands," Lyon says. We didn't change too much with seam position or line, but with trajectory - just mix one up and four down as opposed to probably 12 up and one down [which is] his repertoire in Australia where he gets bounce. But in the subcontinent he got too high with the loop. (Photo by Patrick HAMILTON / AFP) / --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE--Source:AFP. "Consistency is Nathan's strength. @danbrettig, Nathan Lyon became only the second non-Asian, after Ian Botham, to take 13 wickets in a Test in Asia, When he cleared his throat to lead "Under the Southern Cross" for the first time last week, Nathan Lyon did so as Australia's undisputed No. Nathan Lyon dismissed Kumar Sangakkara with his first ball on his way to 5 for 34 on Test debut AFP Following the retirement of Shane Warne, Australia went through 11 … I just tweaked him back to confidence more than anything, not so much technical. "I'm able to put more revs on it now, but I had to have the courage to flight the ball up as I wasn't going to necessarily spin the batsman out, so I had to try to do guys in the air.". "I think he outbowled the Indian spinners in India, which is quite an effort. That's the biggest key in the subcontinent", "He was always looking over his shoulder, because the press and everyone saw him as a stopgap, waiting for the next big match-winning spinner to come along", "I think he outbowled the Indian spinners in India, which is quite an effort. "Just dumping the ball across a right-handed batter for a square cut for one is actually a good ball in T20, but it goes against your psyche," Davison says. Australian spin great Nathan Lyon has said that the hosts have more surprise in line for Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara in the remaining three Tests. Nathan Hauritz had his Test career effectively ended by a disdainful Sachin Tendulkar in Bangalore in 2010. Like Schofield, the doubts of many in Australian cricket seemed an insurmountable obstacle, and Lyon found himself questioning his own prospects of a long career. He was also a decent soccer player, known around Young for his dribbling skills left of midfield. He defended another flat offbreak down the wicket, before Shaun Marsh dived at midwicket to stop a flick from penetrating a carefully set field. By the time of the India tour, they had well and truly turned. That afternoon ended whatever fourth-innings question marks existed about Lyon, but it still took place within the comfort zone of Australian climes - on an oval where he had once rolled the wicket, no less. Much as the Australian team was rehabilitated over the course of the summer, Lyon also regained his groove. For the mechanics, Davison and Berry looked at both Herath and R Ashwin, but were careful as to what for. Guided in Young by his junior cricket coach, Dave Keenan, Lyon was soon contributing to club success and making representative sides. ", "I think he outbowled the Indian spinners in India, which is quite an effort. At tea on the final day, Virat Kohli and M Vijay were entrenched, eight wickets still in hand, and victory 159 runs away. I really needed to nail down this offbreak bowling.". Some kids out in the country don't have all the bells and whistles that a lot of the kids in the city might. Berry, "It seemed to be a period in which he started to experiment a bit more, doing things a little bit differently in the subcontinent," Chappell says. "He was a very shy country kid, almost in awe of the state team. That's the biggest key in the subcontinent" Having learnt lessons from a whitewash in Sri Lanka, Lyon returned to the subcontinent the following season to take 41 wickets in six Tests He probably put a fair bit of that pressure on himself really, but to have some successes and come through the other side has been great for him.". He gave him plenty of opportunities to bowl. "He needed to be a little bit flatter and a little bit more at the stumps for the blokes who use their feet a lot better," Berry says. Among the clubs in competition for the title of best team in Young, a town in the south-west of New South Wales famed for its cherry crops, Schofield was the king of the Blues. On Today 11:15pm - 11:45pm. Lyon kept his place more through luck and durability than his actual bowling. In Nathan Lyon 's childhood, that guy was Dean Schofield, a left-arm quick. But things were about to unravel. Of course as Lyon, Berry and Davison were working through these issues, Australia were losing their fourth and fifth Test matches in a row. It was just what he knew in Australia, and he would always bowl up and over the top, pitch outside off stump, spin in. Jason Krejza's 12 wickets in Nagpur on debut in 2008 came at such a cost that he only earned himself one more Test match - in Perth of all places. So I walked over to him and said, 'Mate, come and have a bowl' and he was all, 'Oh mate, gotta roll the wickets', but I insisted. But I think those days are well and truly gone!". His rise to the top is a remarkable story. Ahead of the four-match Test series between India and Australia, all eyes were on the Cheteshwar Pujara, whose batting prowess left Aussie bowlers on their knees last time India toured Down Under in 2018-19. In trying to correct himself, he could not cover for the bite and the bounce, meaning an inside edge went to pad and then to Peter Handscomb at short leg. He’s developed into one of cricket’s most celebrated athletes, and only sits behind modern greats Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath on Australia’s all-time wicket tally. Lyon, meanwhile, had bowled only one delivery that could be termed "loose". ', "I was pretty excited just to be getting a tracksuit, to be honest. "Something Nathan adapted really well from Sri Lanka to India is when guys were trying to sweep him. “All I saw were these two ears and a not very well spun off-spinner, and I suggested tennis. Pujara did get off strike fourth ball but was again discomfited by bounce before making his one successful sally down the pitch to work a single from the sixth. Mark Howard sits down with Nathan Lyon to discuss the Australian Test spinner's career and reflect upon his 100th Test match and 400th Test wicket. [But] we're going to face a bit of criticism here for plucking someone from nowhere', but I saw enough in three or four balls to know this bloke is special. In Nathan Lyon's childhood, that guy was Dean Schofield, a left-arm quick. "You play against grown men at a lot younger age, you're playing on turf wickets, you're understanding them a lot quicker. Nathan Lyon has developed a dazzling reputation in recent years, but just nine wickets at an average of 55 against India has worn away some of that sheen, Ben Horne writes. With just a handful of first-class matches under his belt, Lyon was rushed into Australia’s Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka in 2011. “I felt goose bumps, I couldn’t believe it,” Hussey reflected to foxsports.com.au. What they put together lifted Lyon to a pair of wondrous Asian tours, and takes him into the Ashes as a standout example of rural resilience, spin bowling skill, and a level of adaptability not even he thought he had. ', "But it's easier said than done. Lyon and his team-mates celebrated not just a single ball but a sequence of mastery. "Michael was very good in the way he handled Nathan. Nathan Lyon's split with estranged wife Mel Waring was a much talked about affair considering the public nature of it. Ask Chappell to rate Lyon's achievements in India and Bangladesh this year and he has to think back to Mallett's 1969-70 tour of India for an equivalent by an Australian offspinner. He came up to me and said, 'We need our spinners to bowl more like Lyon in Australian conditions', and I said, 'Well, we need Lyon to bowl more like your spinners in Indian conditions! "There's a degree of change, but there's also the fact you can't go away from your stock ball. Their home has five bedrooms, five bathrooms and three car spaces on its 400sqm built by Davina Constructions boss David Buono. © AFP, "Nathan's great faith in his stock ball is a positive, but it's also a little bit of a negative," says Davison. "That just came down to facing my older brother in the nets and learning the game. The sun beat down on Bengaluru as Lyon pondered how to find a way past Cheteshwar Pujara on day one on a pitch that looked dry but amenable to run-making. Sharma did him a real favour creating that patch outside off stump, and he used it to full effect once he made that breakthrough.". “It was a harsh judgment … and I was wrong.”, Nathan Lyon of Australia is bowled by Washington Sundar.Source:Getty Images, LIVE BLOG: Australia vs India fourth Test. Following the losses in Sri Lanka, dealing with the pressure from coach and captain to "do what Herath does", and facing another home summer, Lyon was not in the best frame of mind. If country competition had allowed Lyon to try all disciplines, the push to play more senior stuff brought focus. Many doubted him and said, 'I'm not sure about him.' He'd throw in a quicker ball and make them think twice about playing that shot and get them back to defending. Pujara had faced 15 balls from Lyon, scored four singles, tried four times to go down the wicket and managed to get to the pitch just once before being dismissed. Nathan Lyon has two daughters, Harper and Milla with ex-wife Mel Waring. Adjust your feet on the crease and bowl a little straighter at the bat so they can't get at you, but still stay outside off stump because you're an offspinner. He can point to a couple of hundreds in junior competitions at the Bradman Oval in Bowral. It is a story for all club cricketers out there to appreciate you are never as far away from the top as you possibly think. It was his highest Test score since the 2019 Ashes series. Nathan Lyon’s resilience and tenacity the driving forces behind deserving 100th Test achievement. I suggested tennis. Record. "You can still make sure the guys who are playing have what they need to perform. His "experience" had been very good over a period of time, but his record on the subcontinent needed to be better. A tale told many times is how Lyon earned his spot in the state's T20 squad in 2010-11: by bowling beautifully for the ACT against the South Australia 2nd XI in the "Baby Bash" in Melbourne in front of Darren Berry, SA's T20 coach. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Berry sees a direct correlation between the quality of Lyon's character and the way his bowling has grown - a level of progression that has not been true of all spin bowlers. I think as a bowling group you need to do the same thing," Lyon says. I've been watching Test cricket and remembering it for probably 60 years, and there haven't been too many fingerspinners to do better than he's done" A combination of brotherly one-upmanship and youth first pushed Lyon towards spin. I said to him, 'How you going?' Australia's Nathan Lyon acknowledges applauds from the spectators for this 100th Test match on day one of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at the Gabba in Brisbane on January 15, 2021. "Our batters always talk about putting away their egos. "Rahul Dravid was out here with the India A guys 18 months ago. "He was always looking over his shoulder, because the press and everyone saw him as a stopgap, waiting for the next big match-winning spinner to come along. In one game they ventured to nearby Cowra with only nine men after a couple of late withdrawals, and came home victorious. Watch ‘Nice Garry - The Nathan Lyon Story’ on Fox Cricket after day one of the Gabba Test! In years when Australia were known primarily for Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson and Max Walker, Mallett offered a thoughtful and teasing spin counterpoint. From the moment he was recalled for the third Test of that Ashes series, at Old Trafford, until Australia rose to No. We spoke about straightening him up a little bit and he worked really hard at it. I'm all about spin bowling and attacking spin, so I want you to go out there and be brave and back your skill.' Watch Australia v India Test Series Live & Ad-Break Free During Play with the Fox Cricket commentary team. © Getty Images. ", "I saw the ball come out of an offspinner's fingers with genuine fizz and drift and loop and thought straightaway, 'This is special, this isn't just a flat offie'" All times AEDT (GMT +11). We can change your trajectory a little bit. Of all Lyon's performances, none stick in the memory quite like the final session of the 2014 Adelaide Test against India. The first thing Nathan Lyon did to prepare for his 100th Test was to put a little something on ice … himself. Remote Record Which set-top box would you like to use? Pujara shaped to come forward but had to re-adjust upon realising that the trajectory had changed. Shane Warne has been left absolutely flummoxed by a tactical blunder by Australia, turning a blowtorch on spinner Nathan Lyon. That's a big ask. Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2021. ', "So I think I built my resilience and character from playing men at a young age, getting knocked down and getting hit and getting hurt, but being able to find a way to adapt and really push and compete against older guys. UFC 257: Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier result, news, crut... UFC 2021: Dustin Poirier KO Conor McGregor, video, watch, wo... Greg Norman photo explained: Golf legend Instagram picture, ... Tennis news, Australian Open 2021: Dayana Yastremska doping ... Big Bash 2021: Hurricanes Vs Sixers, news, scores, updates, ... Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. A collision of styles: get Rangana Herath's nagging accuracy without losing your "over the top" offspin strengths, Lyon was told © AFP. The second time, when Darren Lehmann had just arrived as coach in England, it was for the decidedly unformed talent of Ashton Agar, but even in that situation Lyon gained admirers for not sulking about the selectors' preference to gamble. "But even while he was finding his feet, he bowled pretty well. O'Keefe, seemingly set to play instead, strained a hamstring in the Sheffield Shield round played between Tests, granting Lyon a reprieve. Cricket: Nathan Lyon took the wicket of opener Rohit Sharma with a lovely delivery in his first spell at the Gabba on day two of the fourth test. With Berry and Davison, the first thing Lyon had to do was determine what would work for him, his body and his action. “I just knew Nathan played the game for the right reasons,” said Hussey, who first met Lyon on the eve of the 2010-11 Ashes Test in Adelaide. The path there has been bumpy, Spin the ball hard, mix up the pace, follow your instincts, "I saw the ball come out of an offspinner's fingers with genuine fizz and drift and loop and thought straightaway, 'This is special, this isn't just a flat offie'", "I believe my stock ball will get anyone out in the world in any conditions, but it's about challenging their defence more regularly from different angles, spots and variations. Pujara was … Sign up, Join the conversation, you are commenting as Logout. "Trying to bowl that perfect ball all the time, which batters tend to find some rhythm with in the subcontinent, that perfect ball in Australia isn't necessarily the most effective ball over there. Speaking on Fox Cricket, O’Keeffe confessed he didn’t think much of Lyon’s bowling when he first encountered the off-spinner as a youngster. It was sustained excellence, and a microcosm of his Asian efforts in 2017. 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