Lyon, the Redbacks spinner and former Adelaide Oval groundsman, made an immediate impact when he bowled his first over in Australian colors, picking up Kumar Sangakkara for 10, with a smart catch by captain Michael Clarke in slips.
His first ball feat equalled the effort of Arthur Conington in 1894-95 against England at the MCG – the only other Australian to snare a first ball wicket in Test cricket. He is the 14th man to take a wicket in his first delivery.
This is just Lyon’s sixth first class match.
Lyon’s Redback’s coach Darren Berry said it was a great result for Nathan, and a due reward for his hard off-season work.
“Nathan has always worked extremely hard and loves the spirit of the game, so for him to be able to experience a five-for in his first Test match is something more than he could ever have imagined,” Berry said.
Lyon, and the Australian bowlers, combined to dismiss Sri Lanka for 105.