Leon will play his 100th Test in Brisbane, requiring only four wickets to reach 400 wickets

The air distance between Adelaide and Brisbane is 995 miles.

Started his cricketing career as a groundman in Adelaide and then, remarkably, while traveling for his 100th Test in Brisbane, Nathan Lyon did countless miles and crossed several milestones.

In fact, in the fourth test of this entertaining series, ‘Gabba’, Leon will be seen completing a century of tests.

In classical mold

This brilliant bowler, cast in a brilliant mold, has betrayed the batsmen around the world.

Lyon, pivoting and releasing the ball with a high-arm action, engages the overspace, causing the ball to rotate right-left and then bounce off the batsman outside the off-stump.

For Southpaws, the off-spinner always takes a handful of the ball away from them, bouncing spin; He dismissed tremendous Kumar Sangakkara with his first delivery in Test cricket in Galle in 2011.

Now, he is just four shy of 400 Test scallops, with his 396 Test wickets coming at 31.98. His returns are evenly distributed, with 197 wickets coming in just 51 Tests at home over 32, and his 184 wickets in 44 Tests from home, coming at 29.42. In four Tests in neutral places, Leon has 15 wickets.

His below-par performance in India was severely poor in his record with a strong slog-sweep in the 2013 Chennai Test with MS Dhoni.

When Leon returned to India in 2016–17, he was a different bowler, quicker through the air, and making his delivery for Fiza on the pitch.

He landed Australia for a Test win in Pune and finished with 19 wickets in four Tests.

Key Factors

He has always been a major factor in the Ashes, complementing the fast bowlers, maintaining pressure and inertia when the pitch goes bad. He is a game-changer. When Lyon raced through the Indian line-up in the final season of the Adelaide Test (2014), India needed 159 runs with eight wickets on tea, ready for victory. He scored seven points, Australia won.

In this series, Leon and his legendary Indian counterpart R. Ashwin has followed contrary methods. Lyon has bowled in the arc of the traditional off-spinner, causing the ball to turn inward and bounce from outside the off-stump. However, he is barred from taking bad catches.

Ashwin has bowled the middle and leg line – he slips in the odd under-cutter – takes the bounce and keeps the leg side trap in play.

Regardless of the 100th Test Lyon, fierce contestants will enjoy the opportunity.

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