An outstanding off-spin bowler from Australia, Nathan Lyon joins Hampshire as overseas player for the 2020 season.
Lyon – considered the best off-spinner to ever represent Australia – has a wealth of international experience, with 91 Test caps to his name since making his debut against Sri Lanka in 2011, a game in which he removed Kumar Sangakkara which his first ever Test delivery.
The right-armer has been prolific with the ball throughout his international career, claiming 363 Test wickets to date and becoming just the sixth Australian to take 300 scalps – the nation’s second most successful spinner of all-time. He is Australia’s third highest Test wicket taker, sitting behind Shane Warner and Glenn McGrath.
The New South Wales-born bowler was a crucial component of Australia’s successful Ashes-winning side this summer, taking 20 wickets in five Tests. Lyon has also been an important feature of Australia’s one-day squad in the last 18 months, featuring during this summer’s ICC Cricket World Cup as Aaron Finch’s side reached the competition’s semi-final stages.
Nathan has signed a red-ball deal for next year’s County Championship and will be available for the start of the season.