If country competition had allowed Lyon to try all disciplines, the push to play more senior stuff brought focus. He said, 'Who is he?' He'd let him bowl against the tail and gave him chances to get wickets. "Something Nathan adapted really well from Sri Lanka to India is when guys were trying to sweep him. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. In the spin weeks we do now, we practise in varying conditions. 1 in the ICC's rankings in February 2016, Lyon did just that. ", Big time, big prey: Lyon dismissed Kumar Sangakkara with his first ball in Tests, and finished that innings with a five-for Of course as Lyon, Berry and Davison were working through these issues, Australia were losing their fourth and fifth Test matches in a row. One spring afternoon at Drummoyne Oval last year, Berry ventured down from a television commentary stint for a Matador Cup game to chat to Lyon by the boundary. ', "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. 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. And Warne, of course, was twice dismantled on India tours, in 1998 and 2001. "A number of guys had been tried, and it's a bit hard because everyone wanted to judge any spinner on Warney. He gave him plenty of opportunities to bowl. 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.". 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. "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. The chance to "conquer the game of cricket" is seemingly beyond any player. This year, in six Tests, Lyon scooped 41 at 19.39, dominating in a way that showed how enormously he had grown in skill and range since Sri Lanka. 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. That note would change his life. Again Lyon offered flight but also got drop, and Pujara was still unable to get to the pitch. Former Australian Test spinner Kerry O’Keeffe has revealed the startling advice he gave Nathan Lyon’s parents in the late 1990s. I don't think he felt hugely embraced for a long period of time. A collision of styles: get Rangana Herath's nagging accuracy without losing your "over the top" offspin strengths, Lyon was told "Michael was very good in the way he handled Nathan. All times AEDT (GMT +11). In Michael Clarke, Lyon found a captain who understood his art and showed a willingness to use him judiciously. 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. "We probably haven't learned from those past tours.". With Berry and Davison, the first thing Lyon had to do was determine what would work for him, his body and his action. Chappell says the selectors realised the cycle of spinners tried since Shane Warne's 2007 retirement simply had to end. Nathan Lyon's bowling figures were the worst of any home series in his career. But as much as the bigger ball had its charms, Lyon dreamed mostly of playing cricket for Australia, and competed most often against his brother Brendan. He batted four and would open the bowling. (Photo by Patrick HAMILTON / AFP) / --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE--Source:AFP. They'd get to him with their feet, and he couldn't understand what was going on. Nathan Lyon played a pivotal role in breaching the Edgbaston fortress on Day Five of the first match of the 2019 Ashes. "He came in pretty raw but had natural loop with the ball, had good fingers, and was able to turn it. "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. 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! “I was a hard marker back then. That made it hard for anyone following, but not even Warney dominated when he first came in. But in the subcontinent he got too high with the loop. "It's a really difficult thing to ask," Davison says. Many doubted him and said, 'I'm not sure about him.' “I saw him as an 11-year-old at an Orange NSW coaching clinic,” O’Keeffe said on Saturday. 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. “I said, ‘Dad you won’t believe this’, and he said, ‘What?’ … I said, ‘I’m making my debut’,” Lyon explained. Starting the home Tests with a pair of barren displays against South Africa, Lyon was fast running out of mates. 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? He still had to find a way in India, however, and during the Big Bash League he spent considerable time with both Berry and Davison. Join the conversation, you are commenting as, news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site, Get your free trial now & start streaming instantly >. 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 … He can point to a couple of hundreds in junior competitions at the Bradman Oval in Bowral. Lyon is an off spin bowler and a lower-order right-handed batsman. "Our batters always talk about putting away their egos. 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. His "experience" had been very good over a period of time, but his record on the subcontinent needed to be better. Cricket: Relive Nathan Lyon's astonishing Test debut. "Rahul Dravid was out here with the India A guys 18 months ago. For the mechanics, Davison and Berry looked at both Herath and R Ashwin, but were careful as to what for. I said, 'Get down here and have a look, I want to pick him.' "Higgsy was of the same opinion, that he was bowling around himself. On Today 11:15pm - 11:45pm. 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. 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. Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2021. "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. Less known, though, is that Berry first saw Lyon rolling a pitch at Park 25, part of the rings of green parkland around the Adelaide central business district. Backyard contests took place behind the family home, where a pronounced slope - steeper than Lord's at any rate - meant there was an advantage to be found in spinning it downwards. 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. However, irrespective of that, the cricketer's daughters sent warm wishes to the star off-spinner as he accomplished the momentous feat of playing 100 Test matches for Australia. 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. 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. AUS Vs IND, Brisbane Test: Washington Sundar Makes A Mockery Of Aussie 'GOAT' Nathan Lyon - WATCH How Certainly, a debut to remember for India all … If it's me, you know I'll be there for you whenever. What "bowl ugly" evolved into was a way for Lyon to see himself doing the right job for the conditions without sacrificing who he fundamentally was - a tall, "over the top" spinner looking for bounce. Davison was also a fingerspinner of some skill, who had been used badly (by Victoria) and well (by South Australia) over nearly a decade. A combination of brotherly one-upmanship and youth first pushed Lyon towards spin. "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. "It was definitely cricket that drove me to Canberra, but then I was unemployed when I actually moved there, so that's where the green-keeping became a part of it. "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. "He was a very shy country kid, almost in awe of the state team. It was sustained excellence, and a microcosm of his Asian efforts in 2017. 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 then a teenager, Lyon took three wickets while keeping the scoreboard tight. Lyon kept his place more through luck and durability than his actual bowling. 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. By the time of the India tour, they had well and truly turned. “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. ", Neither Steven Smith nor Lehmann has avoided public criticism of Lyon following defeats. 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. "That was where Nathan, basically, was found. Yesterday at the Gabba, Nathan Lyon became just the 13th Australian to play 100 Test matches for this country. That's a big ask. Growing up in the country can be beneficial for a lot of different reasons, but especially looking at a cricket career, you're putting yourself in uncomfortable situations a lot earlier than city kids.". "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. "When they're defending, I think he looks very dangerous, as well as bowling some cross-seam deliveries that don't drift and go a bit straighter - something he wasn't doing very well in Sri Lanka, but I thought he did extremely well in India and since then in Bangladesh as well.". 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. I always wanted to do something bigger and better than Brendan, which gave me confidence to bowl offspin. Pujara was … 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. 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. "There was a nice footmark that Ishant Sharma had created bowling around the wicket to Warner," Davison remembers, "and Nathan was creating a lot of chances. In Nathan Lyon's childhood, that guy was Dean Schofield, a left-arm quick. They made him earn it. I just tweaked him back to confidence more than anything, not so much technical. New to Kayo? Richie Richardson butchered Greg Matthews in Guyana in 1991. @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. I realised I wasn't going to make it anywhere as a batsman. ", In the Lyon household, mother and father had differing views on Schofield going after their son. The two resumed battle minutes later in the morning's final over. 29, (pictured) was spotted flashing what appeared to be an engagement ring as she watched him play his 100th game at the Gabba on Saturday. Around this time Lyon also began to work with John Davison, who many will remember for his memorable World Cup hundred for Canada. "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. Rather than requiring physical courage, this was a test that needed Lyon to be mentally and technically nimble, aided by a pair of long-time confidants. "But even while he was finding his feet, he bowled pretty well. By 2010, Lyon's growth was such that Higgs and others thought he was good enough to move to one of the states, and the former ACT coach Ashley Ross offered a pathway as a high-performance manager in South Australia. I said, 'Mate, my advice to you is: go to the people you trust, whether that's your parents or Davo. "I was a pretty tiny fella growing up," he says. "I used to rate myself as a top three or four batsman back in the day," he says, wistfully. 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. Some kids out in the country don't have all the bells and whistles that a lot of the kids in the city might. He made his Test debut in 2011 and plays domestic cricket for New South Wales. "The wheels were moving over the summer and after the Sri Lankan trip.". "You play against grown men at a lot younger age, you're playing on turf wickets, you're understanding them a lot quicker. It was not a happy conversation. That's the biggest key in the subcontinent.". 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. 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. Don't have an account? Story highlights. Having shown his ability as a net bowler while working as a curator’s assistant at the Adelaide Oval, Lyon made an immediate impact in Twenty20 cricket for South Australia. Nathan certainly struck us as someone who could be a wicket-taker. How he came into his own by embracing Asian spin traditions without letting go of his own strengths. The mentor: coach Darren Berry discovered Lyon's spin-bowling talent while Lyon was working as a groundsman and playing club cricket 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 think Nathan had 1 for 90-odd at tea. It was his highest Test score since the 2019 Ashes series. “He goes, ‘That’s all right, at least you’ll play one game,’ and he hung up. As a start, Lyon already had the phrase that would help: "bowl ugly". In India in 2013 he had been dropped after MS Dhoni made mincemeat of his do-them-in-the-air offbreaks. Lyon, "At that stage I was just the coach of the Big Bash team. 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. 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