Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon made history on Sunday as he picked up his 500th Test wicket during the ongoing clash against Pakistan in Perth.
Lyon sent back Faheem Ashraf LBW for 5 to become the 8th bowler in Test cricket to enter the 500 club. He is the third Aussie bowler after Shane Warne (708) and Glenn McGrath (563) to achieve the remarkable feat.
Lyon is the fourth spinner after Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619) to reach the landmark in Test cricket.
Most Test wickets:
800 - Muttiah Muralitharan
708 - Shane Warne
690 - James Anderson*
619 - Anil Kumble
604 - Stuart Broad
563 - Glenn McGrath
519 - Courtney Walsh
Pakistan staring down the barrel
Lyon followed up Ashraf's wicket by sending back Aamer Jamal in the same over to leave Pakistan reeling at 83 for 8 in 27.5 overs.
The visitors have been set a target of 450 runs to win by Australia after they declared their second innings at 233 for 5 on Day 4 of the first Test at the Optus Stadium.
Nathan Lyon profile
Lyon made his debut for the Australian national team in 2011 and quickly established himself as a pivotal force in the bowling lineup. Known for his accuracy, flight, and ability to extract turn from pitches, Lyon has played a key role in numerous Australian victories, particularly in Test cricket.
His contributions in crucial moments and knack for breaking partnerships have earned him the nickname "Garry." Lyon's dedication to the game and his resilience make him a respected figure in the cricketing world, embodying the spirit of Australian cricket.