What happened to Nathan Lyon? Australian spinner suffers concussion during lineout

Veteran Australian spinner Nathan Lyon suffered a concussion during a New South Wales intra-team match in Sydney. He ended up injuring himself lining up on day one of the three-day trial match at Hurstville Oval, according to Cricket New South Wales. As a precaution, Nathan Lyon has pulled out of the three-day game but is expected to be available for his Sheffield Shield opener against Victoria on October 27 at Drummoyne Oval. Lyon threw 20 overs and picked up a lone wicket conceding 79 points.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia have announced the next round of Sheffield Shield and Marsh Cup matches with the New South Wales and Victoria border opening on Wednesday. The two teams will face off in back-to-back Shield matches on October 27 at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney and November 5 at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). They will also play a Marsh Cup match on November 12 at the MCG.

Nathan Lyon’s statistics

Nathan Lyon has been Australia’s premier cricket test spinner for almost a decade. After the retirement of legendary spinner Shane Warne, several spinners were tried and tested, however, none were able to consolidate their position in the Australian squad like Lyon did. Earlier this year, the off-wire recently took a historic milestone when he set foot on The Gabba for India against Australia 4th Test 2021 as he became the 13th Australian cricketer to represent the countries in 100 test matches. The offie’s 100th test match wasn’t the one remembered as India beat Australia by three wickets in Brisbane to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1. In doing so, India also managed to become the first team to defeat Australia at The Gabba in 32 years.

Notably, Nathan Lyon did not have the best of times in the India vs Australia test series. At 33, and playing a 100th test match, Lyon would have hoped for a better course than the 9 with which he finished the series. Lyon also reportedly hoped to finish the series at even 400 wickets – a record they would have achieved had they only taken one more wicket anywhere in the series. However, as it stands, it finished the tour at 399 wickets and may have to wait a while before moving on to 400.

(With ANI inputs)

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