Nathan Lyon Claims Test Wicket as Australia Cruise to Victory

Nathan Lyon is 500 years old. The test wicket caught and Mitchell Starc benefited from a crisp Optus stadium cover as Australia scored a 360-run win over Pakistan in the first Test in Perth.

Australia declared at 233-5 just after lunch on Sunday when Usman Khawaja was caught at Deep Third Man for 90.

Mitch Marsh was unbeaten on 63 from 68 balls, after his impressive 90 in the first innings.

On the fourth day, there were a lot of demons on the wicket, with Marsh getting hit twice on the helmet and Khawaja hitting his right arm painfully.

Pakistan chased down 450 for the win and were bowled out in 30.2 overs for 89, with Starc (3-31), Josh Hazlewood (3-13) and Lyon (2-14) sharing the spoils.

The most memorable moment belonged to Lyon, who had to wait until his seventh over of the day before claiming the wicket he needed to reach 500 Test scalps.

Lyon’s LBW shout at Faheem Ashraf was initially disallowed, but Australia’s review proved successful as ball tracking technology showed the ball would have hit leg stump.

The crowd erupted and Lyon was embraced by every one of his teammates when the DRS decision was announced.

Lyon joined greats Shane Warne (708 wickets) and Glenn McGrath (563) as Australians to break the magic 500 barrier.

“(The milestone) is something I’m pretty proud of,” Lyon told Fox Cricket after Australia got the win.

“Since I was a little kid growing up in rural NSW, 500 plots of land is a long way away.

“A lot of hard work, but something I’m proud of.”

The 36-year-old bowler had his second wicket of the innings four balls after when his pitch stayed low and crashed into the stumps to dismiss Aamir Jamal.

Pakistan’s hopes of pulling off the most successful fourth-innings run chase in test history quickly evaporated when Starc removed openers Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq.

Babar Azam fell for 14 against Pat Cummins just before lunch, and Pakistan found themselves in a difficult position at 56-5 when Sarfaraz pushed Ahmed Starc to Gully.

Salman Agha was bowled out 63-6 after a disastrous mix-up, and from then on it was the spectacle in Lyon and Hazlewood as Australia cruised to victory and a 1-0 lead in the three-test series.

Earlier in the day, Khawaja needed medical treatment after being hit by a 136mph Aamir Jamal delivery just below his right elbow.

A sizeable lump soon formed on Khawaja’s arm but he continued to bravely action to get Australia safely to lunch.

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