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Australia’s Nathan Lyon reaches a milestone of 500 Test wickets as his team easily defeats Pakistan.


Nathan Lyon achieved his 500th Test wicket while Mitchell Starc took advantage of the excellent Optus Stadium pitch, leading Australia to a 360-run win against Pakistan in the first Test in Perth.

After lunch on Sunday, Australia ended their innings at 233-5 when Usman Khawaja was caught at deep third man for 90.

Mitch Marsh remained not out on 63 runs from 68 deliveries, after his remarkable score of 90 in the first round.

On the fourth day, there were many challenges for the players, with Marsh getting hit on the helmet twice and Khawaja suffering a painful blow to his right arm.

Pakistan, aiming for a score of 450 to win, were ultimately defeated with a low total of 89 runs in 30.2 overs. The main contributors to this downfall were Starc (3 wickets for 31 runs), Josh Hazlewood (3 wickets for 13 runs), and Lyon (2 wickets for 14 runs).

The standout moment was when Lyon, after waiting until the seventh over of the day, finally took the wicket he needed to reach 500 Test scalps.

Initially, Lyon’s appeal for lbw against Faheem Ashraf was rejected, but Australia’s review was effective as the ball-tracking technology indicated that the ball would have hit the leg stump.

The audience cheered loudly and Lyon received hugs from all of his teammates after the DRS ruling was announced.

Lyon has joined the ranks of Australian legends Shane Warne (708 wickets) and Glenn McGrath (563) as one of only a few to have surpassed 500 wickets.

Lyon expressed his pride in Australia’s win during an interview with Fox Cricket, referring to it as a significant milestone.

“As a child raised in rural New South Wales, achieving 500 wickets seemed like an unattainable goal.”

“I put in a lot of effort, but I am proud of the outcome.”

The 36-year-old bowler took his second wicket of the innings after four balls, as his delivery hit the stumps and got Aamir Jamal out.

Australia cricket team celebrates as Nathan Lyon takes his 500th Test wicket

Pakistan’s chances of achieving the greatest successful fourth-innings run chase in Test history were dashed when Starc got rid of openers Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq.

Babar Azam was dismissed by Pat Cummins for 14 just before the lunch break, leaving Pakistan in a difficult situation at 56-5. Sarfaraz Ahmed then edged Starc to gully, adding to Pakistan’s struggles.

Salman Agha was dismissed after a chaotic miscommunication, resulting in a score of 63-6. From that point on, it was the Lyon and Hazlewood show as Australia dominated and took a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.

Earlier today, Khawaja received medical attention for a hit just below his right elbow from a 136km/h Aamir Jamal delivery.

A noticeable swelling quickly appeared on Khawaja’s arm, but he courageously continued batting to lead Australia safely to their lunch break.

During a hectic DRS session, Steve Smith (45) was frustrated when the ball-tracking display indicated that Khurram Shahzad’s delivery would barely graze the top of the leg-stump bail.

Smith kept shaking his head in annoyance as he walked off the field.

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Khawaja, at the age of 40, was declared out lbw after being hit on the pads by a swinging delivery from Jamal. However, upon review, it was determined that the ball had just made contact outside the off-stump line, resulting in a successful review for Khawaja.

On the 23rd, Masood, the captain of Pakistan, dropped a simple catch at mid-off, giving Marsh another chance at life.

Khawaja took a lunch break when he reached a score of 68, while Pat Cummins postponed making a declaration so that Khawaja could continue to approach a century.

However, with an additional 10 runs required, Khawaja swung at a wide delivery from Shaheen and was effortlessly caught.

After the game, Lyon made a joke that he would celebrate in the same style as “Warnie,” referencing the playful nature of the late leg-spinner.

Lyon stated that his family, including his wife, brother, and uncle, were also present.

“We will enjoy a few chilled beers in celebration of the 500.”

Lyon made his Test debut in Sri Lanka in 2011 after being relatively unknown. Since then, he has played in 123 matches and has become Australia’s top off-spinner.

He has the potential to match McGrath’s record of 563 if he chooses to continue playing in the future.

Lyon expressed his interest in being a part of a victorious Ashes series played on foreign soil. The next Ashes tour in England is set for 2027, when he will be 39 years old.

The spinner currently ranks eighth on the list of most Test wickets taken. He has his sights set on surpassing West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh (519).

The highest number of wickets achieved in men’s Test matches.

Muttiah Muralitharan from Sri Lanka holds the record for 800 wickets.

Shane Warne, a cricketer from Australia, has scored 708 points.
3. Jimmy Anderson (England) – 690*

Anil Kumble from India has a total of 619.
from 1464

Stuart Broad, who plays for England, has scored 604 runs out of 1464.

Glenn McGrath from Australia has a total of 563 points.

Courtney Walsh of the West Indies has a total of 519.
8. Nathan Lyon (Australia) – 501*

* still playing

Source: theguardian.com