Nathan Lyon says he still has a lot to offer and is aiming for 500 test wickets

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Nathan Lyon, with 390 wickets, is the third highest wicket-taker for Australia in Test cricket.© AFP


Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon has lofty plans to join a select few greats to snag 500 Test wickets, with India as the next team in their sights. Lyon, who turned 33 on Friday, currently has 390 scalps, behind only Shane Warne (708) and Glenn McGrath (563) in the Australian pecking order. Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan holds the all-time record with 800 wickets. Despite Mitchell Swepson knocking on the door – and in the 17-man Australian Test team facing India – Lyon remains his party’s main spin option and has no plans to give it up.

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“I still feel like I’m getting better and still feel like I have a lot of cricket to offer Cricket Australia,” he said in a Q&A with News Corp. readers late Thursday. “At least 500 (wickets) and more are on my radar.”

He said he felt he only got better as he got older.

“I think it’s a craft we can’t afford to rush,” he said. “It’s a trade you learn and you keep learning and you get better with age.”

Lyon reached the 100 Test milestone against India in Brisbane when, as expected, he would play the previous Tests in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney from 17 December.

The Adelaide Test will be his first since January due to Covid-19, a vacuum that has only fueled his desire to keep going.

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“Without being able to play the game you love and not be able to play it regularly, that’s my passion to get out and about and that hunger to perform well again,” he said.

The most that I have missed is the pressure that comes with playing Test Cricket. Missing that adrenaline. ‘

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