Friday, May 19th, 2017

Lyon Is 23Rd Australian To Represent Worcs In Championship

Lyon Is 23Rd Australian To Represent Worcs In Championship

Nathan Lyon today became the 23rd Australian to play for Worcestershire in the County Championship since they were admitted to the competition in 1899.

The 29-year-old made his debut in the clash with Derbyshire at the 3aaa County Ground which finally got underway at 4pm.

Lyon is the 12th player from New South Wales to represent the county in the Championship.

There have been three each from Victoria, South Australia and Queensland and two from Western Australia – one of whom was current Assistant Coach-Bowling Coach Matt Mason.

Lyon is also the first specialist off spinner from Australia to play for Worcestershire.

John Cuffe (1903-1914) bowled left arm spin while Frank Warne (1934-38) was a leg spinner. Noel Hughes (1953-54) bowled occasional off spin but was predominantly a wicket-keeper batsman.

The majority of Australian to play for the county have been specialist seamers or batsmen.

Lyon emulated two former Worcestershire players in Reg Perks and Richard Illingworth in taking a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket – the distinguised scalp of Kumar Sangakkara.

He was a member of the 2013 Australian touring team, but did not play in the match versus Worcestershire at New Road.