Nathan Lyon’s search for wicket number 400 came to a conclusion on Day Four of Australia versus England 1st Ashes 2021 Test on Saturday. Nathan Lyon had bowled 33 overs in the ongoing Gabba Test without picking up a wicket until Saturday. The suspense was finally over when England’s Dawid Malan was dismissed.

In the fourth over of the day, Nathan Lyon took his 400th wicket, with Dawid Malan (82) edging the ball onto his pad, allowing Marnus Labuschagne to take a brilliant catch at silly mid-off. Nathan Lyon has 400 Test wickets, making him only the third Australian bowler to reach that milestone. Only former Australia cricketers Shane Warne (708) and Glenn McGrath (707) are ahead of him presently (563). Lyon only needs 15 wickets to catch Harbhajan Singh, who has 417 Test wickets in 103 games. Moreover, with 427 Test wickets, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is a few steps ahead of Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan, who leads the record with 800 Test wickets.

England seemed to have regained control of the game, with skipper Joe Root and Dawid Malan both approaching their century marks. Joe Root’s ambition of making a century in Australia, however, came crashing down when he was removed for 89 runs by Cameron Green. A Cameron Green delivery was edged to wicketkeeper Alex Carey by the England captain. Dawid Malan was the next to go, catching Marnus Labuschagne with an easy bat and pad catch. The tenure of Ollie Pope at the crease was short-lived as he sliced the ball to Steve Smith at first slip. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler both struggled with the bat, falling to Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins respectively. England had built a 7-run lead with three wickets in hand at the time of writing.