Nathan Lane took 500 wickets in his Test career. If there is a true dedication and quest to turn your dreams into reality in life, then no difficulty can spoil a person. Also got a high position.
A good example of this is the Australian cricket team’s off-spinner, Nathan Line. Who has completed the journey from being a Pitch Q Rater to taking 500 Test wickets?
Nathan Line started his career as a pitch curator but his love for cricket, his talent, and his tireless work made him one of the best spinners in the world of cricket.
Australian off-spinner Nathan Line crossed the milestone of 500 wickets in Test cricket by dismissing Pakistani batsman Faheem Ashraf on the fourth day of the Test against Pakistan in Perth on Sunday.
Nathan Line is the 8th bowler in the world to take 500 wickets in Test matches and the third bowler for Australia.
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Nathan Line has taken 501 wickets in 123 Test matches. He also represented Australia in 29 ODIs and 2 T20 matches.
A journey to 500 Test wickets from Pitch Curator
Until Nathan Line was working as a ground staff (pitch curator) at Adelaide Oval, a famous cricket ground in Australia, he was more fond of taking wickets than taking wickets.
One day, Darren Barry, the coach of the Australian T20 tournament Big Bash, tested Nathan Line’s bowling talent and advised him to play cricket.
According to British Broadcasting BBC, former Australian cricketer, Mike Hussey said about Nathan Line’s bowling talent, “I remember when Lyon worked as a ground staff at the Adelaide Oval, when he practiced against Lyon in the nets. It was felt that there was something special about them.
For English off-spinner Graeme Swann to play well during the 2010-11 Ashes, the Australian team needed an off-spinner to practice against in the nets and then face Swann on the field.
So Nathan Lyne who was working as ground staff was selected as the net bowler of the Australian team.
Nathan Lyne knew that he could develop his cricket career, and then he began to fight for a place in South Australia’s Second XI.
Along with developing line pitches, he also started playing domestic cricket and continued to attract the selectors with his good performance.
This is the reason why he was finally included in the Australian squad for the Test series against Sri Lanka in 2011. Within 7 months, he went from being a pitch curator to being a domestic cricketer and then a Test cricketer.
In his Test debut against Sri Lanka, Nathan Line bowled his first international ball to veteran batsman Kumar Sangakkara and announced his arrival in cricket by taking a Test wicket on his first delivery.
Nathan Line took 5 catches in his debut Test innings and 6 in the match and never looked back.
Australian off-spinner Nathan Line also represented the Kangaroos in ODIs and T20Is, but his coin spoke in Test cricket.
It should be noted that in the first Test match between Pakistan and Australia in Perth, Australia defeated Pakistan by 360 runs.