The Ashes: Lyon focused on win not milestone

26 November 2021 13:20:13 GMTPlus11
Lyon on 399 Test wickets

Nathan Lyon says he is more concerned about Australia winning the Ashes than him picking up his 400th Test wicket.

Australia are priced at 1.33 to win the Ashes series against England and Lyon is sure to be pivotal to their chances of doing so.

Key milestone

Lyon just needs one more wicket to join Australia's 400 club that includes Shane Warne, who picked up 708 wickets and Glenn McGrath who took 563.

The star offspinner is hoping to reach the milestone quickly, preferably in the first Test at the Gabba which starts on 8th December, but winning the entire series is the biggest goal.

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"You'd be crazy if you weren't aware of it," Lyon said of the milestone. "It's a pretty exciting milestone just around the corner.

"It's been on my mind for a fair amount of time. But I think it's something where I know what I need to do ... hopefully I'll create a chance and it can be taken, we can move on nice and early in the series.

"I'm more worried about the whole Test series and making sure we win, retain the Ashes."

England danger

Lyon is excited ahead of the series but knows they will be up against a strong England side with captain Joe Root in particular in good touch.

But he is feeling in good touch himself and is ready to fire.

"I'm excited about the challenges that lie ahead. I've had a lot of time to work on a few things that I wanted to work on," Lyon added.

"I'm extremely confident with the way my skills are, pretty excited by the way the ball is coming out of my hand.

"They've got some superstars in their team. Joe Root is obviously the best batter in the world at this stage. So we're going to have to absolutely have our plans up to scratch."

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