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Test star Nathan Lyon says he’s only getting better as he prepares to tackle India

Aussie Test star Nathan Lyon has set himself a target of more than 500 wickets as he edges towards his 100th match in the baggy green.

Lyon is set to become just the 10th player in Australian history to reach 100 Tests in the fourth and final match against India in Brisbane in January.

He has racked up 390 wickets in his 96 Tests, already the most by any Australian off-spinner.

But Lyon, who turns 33 on Friday, declared he was still getting better and said 500 wickets was “definitely on the radar”.

“I still feel I‘m getting better and still feel like i’ve got a lot of cricket to offer Cricket Australia,”he said on Thursday in a live Q&A yesterday with News Corp readers.

“Definitely 500 and beyond is on my radar.”

Lyon has proven himself to be a nemesis for the best batsman in the world, dismissing Indian captain Virat Kohli seven times in Tests, more than any other bowler.

The GOAT is ready for 500 and then plenty more after that! pic.twitter.com/LsKE3KP1In

He remains the frontline Test spinner for Australia, but will be joined in the 17-man squad by Queensland leggie Mitch Swepson, who took 23 wickets in three Sheffield Shield matches to emerge as the next in line.

Lyon said spin bowling in Australia was “progressing”.

“I think it‘s a craft we can’t afford to rush certain individuals. It’s a craft you learn and you keep learning and you get better with age,” he said.

Lyon snared nine wickets in his three games for NSW, his only red-ball cricket since the final Test against New Zealand way back in January.

He said the COVID-19 enforced break had only increased his motivation to get back to doing what he does bets.

“Probably it’s driven my love for the game,” Lyon said.

“Without being able to play the game that you love so much and not being able to play that regularly that’s driven my passion to get out there and that hunger to perform well again.

“The most I’ve missed is that pressure that comes along with playing Test cricket. Missing that adrenaline.”

Lyon will continue to train with NSW during the limited over series against India which starts on November 27, before linking up with his Test teammates.

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