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Australian spinner Nathan Lyon is closing in on becoming the 16th player to claim 400 Test wickets in his milestone 100th Test.

The 33-year-old moved within three scalps of the mark in a rain-affected day two of the fourth and final Test against India at the Gabba on Saturday.

Lyon’s captured Indian opener Rohit Sharma for 44 just before tea in just his third over of the match before a thunderstorm wiped out the final session of the day.

It means Lyon is one step closer to becoming just the third Australian behind Shane Warne (708) and Glenn McGrath (563) to pass the 400 mark.

The former groundsman, who famously took a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket on debut in Sri Lanka in 2011, is hoping a promising crack in the Gabba pitch will aid him when play resumes on Sunday.

“There’s a nice crack outside off stump … so I’m trying to aim at that,” Lyon told Fox Sports.

“Hopefully bring in both edges, we’ll see how we go.

“My natural line is going to Painey’s (Tim Paine) right-hand glove. If you look at that, that’s usually a foot outside of off stump.

“It’s just worked out really well.”

Should Lyon reach the 400 mark, he’ll become just the sixth spin bowler in Test history and second from outside the subcontinent to achieve the feat.

He’s also two wickets away from joining Warne, McGrath and Dennis Lillee as the only bowlers to claim 200 or more Test wickets in Australia.

Lyon earlier made an impact with the bat in his milestone Test, hitting a quickfire 24 to lift Australia’s total to 369.

Batting at No.10, Lyon’s knock included four boundaries, one of which was a superb straight drive which drew praise in the commentary box from former Test captain Allan Border.

“It’s only taken me 100 Test matches to play a shot like that,” Lyon quipped in response.



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