Australia convincingly won the first Test against Pakistan in Perth on Sunday, with off-spinner Nathan Lyon achieving a significant milestone of 500 career Test wickets. Lyon, expressing immense pride in his accomplishment, played a crucial role in Australia's dominant 360-run victory. Dismissing Faheem Ashraf and Aamer Jamal, Lyon became the eighth player to surpass the 500-wicket mark. Awarded Australian Men’s Test Player of the Year in 2019, Lyon now stands among cricket's elite, with only seven players having more wickets.
Australia captain Pat Cummins praised Lyon's exceptional performance, highlighting his significant contributions over a decade and in diverse conditions. Cummins noted Lyon's dedication, especially after recovering from a six-month calf injury, and remarked on his outstanding bowling throughout the game. Lyon's achievement was particularly noteworthy considering the lack of assistance for off-spinners on the pitch.
Pakistan fell significantly short of their target, being bowled out for 89, and Australia secured a commanding 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The hosts' bowlers, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, played key roles by taking three wickets each. It was a forgettable day for Pakistan, registering their lowest Test score since April 2017. The second Test is set to begin on December 26, with Australia aiming to build on their strong start.