Nathan Lyon leaves cricket fans in awe after breaking Shane Warne record

Pictured left to right, Nathan Lyon and the late Shane Warne.
Nathan Lyon broke Shane Warne's record by becoming the leading Test wicket-taker at the Adelaide Oval. Pic: Getty

Nathan Lyon has spun his way into the record books on day two of the second Test against the West Indies after breaking an incredible record he shared with late Aussie cricket great, Shane Warne. The Australian off-spinner snared a Windies scalp late on the second day to become the leading wicket-taker in Adelaide in Test history.

Lyon's milestone wicket saw the tourists limp to stumps at 4-102 and with a mountain to climb on day three after Travis Head (175 runs) and Marnus Labuschagne (163) helped Australia to a mammoth first innings total of 7(dec)-511, before stand-in skipper Steve Smith decided to have a go at the tourist's batsmen under lights with the pink ball.

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The record-breaking wicket for Lyon - once a curator at the Adelaide Oval - came in the evening session when he had Jermaine Blackwood caught-and-bowled on three to leapfrog Warne's best mark with a 57th wickets at the iconic venue.

Lyon had already ticked off an impressive milestone in the first Test against the Windies, with the 35-year-old's figures of 6-128 in the fourth innings seeing him overtake Ravichandran Ashwin to become the second-most prolific Test off-spinner of all time. Only the all-time record of 800 Test wickets by Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan stands above Lyon, who is currently eighth overall in the all-time Test wicket standings.

To break Warne's record in Adelaide is already an incredible achievement from the 35-year-old but to do it at a venue that is so close to his heart would have been even more special. The cricket world was quick to praise the veteran off-spinner for the extraordinary feat.

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Australia's other wickets on day two came via Adelaide Striker Michael Neser, who claimed 2-22 as Australia rammed home their advantage on Friday. Neser struck after the tea break, catching the edges of first-Test stonewall Kraigg Brathwaite (19) and Shamarh Brooks (8) with a wobble seam outside off stump.

After Lyon got Blackwood, Cameron Green atoned for his earlier mix-up with Head in Australia's batting innings, by bowling Devon Thomas for 19 late in the day. That left Tagenarine Chanderpaul (47no) to see the visitors to the close in his second Test alongside nightwatchman Anderson Phillip.

Travis Head steals the show on day two

Of all those with close links to the ground, the day belonged to Head, who was on track to become the first South Australian to score a Test double-century before a calamitous run-out involving Green. Looking completely in command, Head was visibly frustrated when he turned back for a second after Green had flicked one off his hips and then sent the middle-order batter back.

Seen here, Australia batsmen Travis Head celebrates scoring 150 runs on the second day of the second Test against the West Indies in Adelaide.
Australia batsmen Travis Head celebrates scoring 150 runs on the second day of the second Test against the West Indies in Adelaide. Pic: Getty

"I'll enjoy it at some point, but I felt like there was a few out there," Head said. "You don't get many opportunities to feel the way I did and with the situation of the game to make the most of it and dip my break.

"It was a disappointing way of ending. I've hit 286 runs in the past two weeks and been filthy, 99 last week and run out this week. Amazing how the game works."

Head's knock comes with the 28-year-old the most in doubt to keep his spot for February's tour of India in far different conditions, but his current run of form can only help. He made 152 in the final one-day game before the Test summer, and then backed it up with 99 in Australia's big win in Perth last week against West Indies.

In Adelaide, he slapped and drove anything wide outside the off stump at will, while also twice flicking Jason Holder over midwicket and to the boundary in Friday's opening session. His knock also came off just 219 balls, showing off his ability to swing a match in his team's favour quickly.

When he joined Marnus Labuschagne at the wicket on day one, the game was in the balance at 3-131 after Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith were dismissed in quick succession. He and Labuschagne then combined for a 297-run stand, with both reaching their centuries on day one and the latter also finishing on 163 on Friday when he was caught behind off Devon Thomas.

Labuschagne's third straight century also made him the equal-second fastest to 3000 Test runs behind Sir Donald Bradman, bringing up the milestone in his 51st innings. When they went, Green looked sluggish for his nine but Alex Carey hit an unbeaten 41 for the declaration just before tea.

with AAP

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