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  • Nathan Lyon's words of praise for Indian great R Ashwin
  • Both off-spinners began their Test careers in 2011

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Ahead of the opening Test against Pakistan starting on Thursday, Lyon, who is returning from a calf injury, only had nice things to say about  R Ashwin.

Australia's Nathan Lyon hails Ravichandran Ashwin ahead of 500 Test wickets milestone | AUS vs PAK

As he prepares for a major career milestone, spin maestro Nathan Lyon was all-praise for India's Ravichandran Ashwin.

Lyon returns to the circuit after a calf injury sustained during the Ashes 2023 and is just 4 scalps away from completing 500 Test wickets.

Speaking on the eve of Australia's opening Test against Pakistan in Perth, Lyon hailed R Ashwin, another spin legend.

'You look at Ashwin, he's a world-class bowler and somebody I've watched closely from the start of his career,' the off-spinner said.

Crediting Ashwin as one of 'biggest coaches' of his career, Lyon added, 'We've gone head-to-head many times in different conditions around the world. I've definitely learned from him.'

In terms of wickets, the two are quite close in numbers.

While Lyon sits at 496 wickets across 122 games in his Test career, Ashwin has scalped 489 wickets in just 94 games.

'It's pretty amazing to see we're both creeping up to that 500 mark, and we'll see where we end up. Hopefully at the end of our career we'll sit down and have a nice feed and a beer and talk about it,' Lyon said.

Legendary Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan and Anil Kumble are the only spinners to have achieved the feat of snapping 500 or more Test wickets in international cricket.

(with PTI inputs)


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