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Ashes 2019: Lyon King tribute to Australia off-spinner is a viral meme now

first_imgAshes 2019: Lyon King tribute to Australia off-spinner is a viral meme nowAshes 2019: Nathan Lyon picked up a 6-wicket haul as Australia thrashed England by 251 runs in the 1st Test to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 6, 2019UPDATED: August 6, 2019 16:57 IST Ashes 1st Test: Nathan Lyon ripped apart England’s batting order on Day 5 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNathan Lyon picked up 6 wickets to spin Australia to win in 1st Ashes TestSydney Sixers have reimagined Rafiki holding Simba from Disney’s iconic Lion King with LyonLyon became the 4th Australian bowler to pick up 350 Test wicketsFrom a groundsman at the Adelaide Oval to becoming arguably the best off-spinner of the current generation, Nathan Lyon’s journey has been remarkable. Lyon added another chapter to his remarkable career when he spun Australia to a famous win over England in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.Shouldering the burden of picking up wickets on a wearing Edgbaston track on the final day of the Ashes Test, Lyon delivered as he ran through the hosts’ batting order as Australia bundled England out for 146 in the final innings and clinched a 251-run win.Lyon hurt England with wickets of Jason Roy, Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes before cleaning up their tail with wickets of Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad as Australia completed the rout on Day 5.The Lyon KingEven as congratulatory messages are pouring in for Nathan Lyon, Big Bash League franchise Sydney Sixers came up with a meme that is winning hearts on social media.Sydney Sixers have reimagined Rafiki holding Simba from Disney’s iconic Lion King with Nathan Lyon. The meme has now become a viral video.6/49 and 350 Test wickets for the Lyon King @NathLyon421 as the Aussies took a 1-0 series lead in the #Ashes overnight!Well played, mate! #smashemsixers pic.twitter.com/S1cSBPPkWVSydney Sixers (@SixersBBL) August 6, 2019Lyon on Monday also become only the fourth Australian bowler to pick up 350 wickets in Tests. The off-spinner is just 6 wickets away from going past Australia’s pace great Dennis Lillee (355 wickets). Shane Warne leads the list with 708 scalps while Glenn McGrath is second with 5643 wickets.advertisementAustralia captain Tim Paine heaped rich praise on Nathan Lyon after the team breached the Edgbaston fortress after 18 years. Notably, it was Australia’s first win in a Test match in Edgabston since 2001.”He [Lyon] is a bit the same as Smith – every Test or series they seem to get better, which is astonishing at their age,” Paine said.”If you come and see them train you’ll see that while they keep getting better, they’re a great example for our group.”There’s still four tests to go. We’re here to win the Ashes, not just one Test.”Also Read | Ashes 2019: England pacer James Anderson ruled out of 2nd Test vs Australia with calf injuryAlso Read | ICC Test rankings: Steve Smith replaces Cheteshwar Pujara at No.3 after Edgbaston heroicsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Nathan LyonFollow Lion KingFollow Ashes 2019Follow Steve SmithFollow Tim PaineFollow England VS AustraliaFollow Edgbastonlast_img read more