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Test debut was a spin for Lola

Lola Lyon is closely following grandson Nathan Lyon’s Test debut.
Lola Lyon is closely following grandson Nathan Lyon’s Test debut.

"SURREAL" is how proud Sandy Beach grandmother Lola Lyon described her grandson's stellar Test debut for Australia.

Off spinner Nathan Lyon, 23, couldn't have asked for a better start in the baggy green, taking a wicket with his first ball in last week's first test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

After claiming the scalp of Kumar Sangakkara he finished with 5 for 34.

"I didn't dream he'd get this far. When you think about it, how many people actually get to do that?" said Mrs Lyon.

Nathan could have the genes to thank for his prowess.

"My late husband, Spence, was a good spinner in his younger days at Coonabarabran."

There are already comparisons between Nathan and another famous spinner, Shane Warne.

So does Mrs Lyon think her grandson can be the next spin king?

"We think he could," said the proud grandmother.

Mr Lyon's dream debut follows a fairytale entry to the national ranks. In 2010, Mr Lyon took a job as a groundsman at the Adelaide Oval where his bowling talent was spotted by the Redbacks' Big Bash coach Darren Berry.

From there he impressed in the Twenty20s for South Australia before winning a spot on the one-day squad for Australia A's tour of Zimbabwe and followed up with Test selection for Sri Lanka.

Mr Lyon had to take leave from his curator's position to go on tour but his grandmother believes he will return to tending the Adelaide Oval pitch if he has to.

"He likes his job."

He may not need the job after the tour though. Mr Lyon has again impressed in the second test in Kandy.

Mrs Lyon watched on television as he claimed another two wickets in Sri Lanka's first innings on Thursday.

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