Veteran Nathan Lyon Standing At ‘500 Test Wicket Scalp’, Discloses His Retirement Aim

Veteran Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon is making his comeback after a severe calf injury. He will be now seen playing for his team in the upcoming three-match Test series against Pakistan. Lyon has now opened up on his retirement plan.

This series is part of the 2023-2025 World Test Championship cycle. The first game between Pakistan and Australia will be played from December 14-18 at the famous Optus Stadium, in Perth.

The experienced off-spinner is on the verge of a significant milestone of 500 Test wickets. Currently boasting 496 wickets, Lyon is merely four scalps away from becoming a member of the prestigious club of bowlers who have reached this impressive milestone. Lyon is not only a remarkable bowler for the Aussies but he also stands as the most successful off-spinner.

The first match will be played in Perth which is also the home ground for Lyon and reaching the 500 Test scalps will be another kind of satisfaction for the star bowler. Lyon will overall become the 8th bowler to achieve this milestone and the fourth spinner after Muttiah Murlitharan, Shane Warne, and Anil Kumble.

“I’m not putting a number on it,” he said when asked if he was targeting Warne’s record as Australia’s greatest-ever Test bowler. I want to play cricket for as long as I can,” Lyon said.

He also said that before his retirement, he wants to win a Test Series in India and England.

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“I haven’t won a Test series in India, haven’t won in England – those are two places that I want to do, so with the injury happening a couple of months ago, I feel like there’s a passion there to keep going and keep trying to get better. I’ve had the mentality to try and rehab this like no one’s rehabbed a calf injury before,” Lyon said.

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