Nathan Lyon doesn’t fuss about his position in the list of all-time Test wicket-takers – it’s always been about the team

SL vs AUS: Nathan Lyon took nine wickets in the opening Test at Galle and is currently ranked 10th on the list of all-time wicket-takers in Test cricket.

Nathan Lyon of Australia. credit: AP

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  • Lyon is currently ranked 10th in the list of all-time Test wicket-takers
  • Lyon has 436 Test wickets in 109 matches
  • Daniel Vettori also praised Leon for showing consistency

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon said that he is not too worried about his position in the list of all-time wicket-takers in Test cricket. Lyon, 34, recently moved up from 13th to 10th after taking nine wickets in Australia’s opening Test against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium.

If he takes seven more wickets, he will be second in the list of all-time Test wicket-takers among off-spinners after Sri Lanka legend Muttiah Muralitharan.

But for the time being, Lyon said he is more focused on contributing to the well-being of his national team rather than focusing on individual milestones.

“I’m not really sure where I stand on the (all-time wicket-taker) list… (but) at the top end of the wicket-takers, there are some amazing names out there,” Lyon was quoted as saying.

“For me it’s always been about the team … it’s something I’m proud of, but will look more deeply at towards the end of my career. But it’s a long way off,” Lyon said.

Australia’s assistant coach Daniel Vettori also praised Lyon for showing consistency in the purest format of the game.

“You can see that skill level right away. There are very few bowlers who are able to match the amount of top spin and revolutions. It’s a really tough job,” Vettori said.

“And then you see the growth of that bowler, to read the conditions, to add things to his arsenal and just aspire to get better,” he said.

Lyon currently has 436 wickets in 109 matches, with 20 five-wicket hauls and three 10-wicket hauls to show for his efforts.

His next schedule of play is when Australia lock horns with Dimuth Karunaratne’s Sri Lanka in the second Test starting in Galle on 8 July.