When the second Ashes 2023 Test begins on June 28 at Lord’s, Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon will achieve a significant milestone by playing his 100th consecutive Test match. Lyon will join an exclusive club of cricketers who have achieved this feat, including former England opener Alastair Cook, Australian duo Allan Border and Mark Waugh, legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar, and current England men’s Test coach and former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.
Lyon’s Pride in Reaching the Milestone
Expressing his pride, Nathan Lyon stated, “That’s something I’m really proud of. To be able to tick off 100 consecutive Test matches, that’s a proper stat in my head. That’s a lot of Test cricket, a lot of ups and downs. No wonder I’ve got no hair.” Lyon has been an integral part of the Australian Test team for 12 years, and he credits his achievement to the support of his family and friends.
Recognizing the Support System
In addition to his family, Lyon acknowledged the role of Tom Carter, a former New South Wales Waratahs rugby representative and the head of athletic performance for Australia’s women’s rugby sevens. Carter has played a crucial role in keeping Lyon physically fit throughout his Test career. Describing Carter as one of his best mates and personal trainer, Lyon emphasized the importance of their work behind the scenes. Carter’s dual expertise as a fitness trainer and psychologist has provided Lyon with a supportive environment where he can freely express himself.
Success Through Strong Support
Lyon believes that the presence of reliable and supportive individuals is crucial for an athlete to maintain success over a long period. He emphasized the significance of having good people around him, both within and outside the Australian cricket team. Lyon’s ability to perform consistently and thrive for such a long period is a testament to the support he has received.
Ashes Series Update
Australia currently holds a 1-0 lead in the five-match Ashes series after their thrilling two-wicket victory in the opening match at Edgbaston. The upcoming Test at Lord’s will provide Nathan Lyon with an opportunity to celebrate his remarkable achievement while contributing to Australia’s quest to retain the Ashes.
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