Lyon roars into Test history

Nathan Lyon has re-written the record books, taking 5/34 – including a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket – in his debut Test match for Australia.

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.

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