Moeen Ali has been brought undone by Nathan Lyon this series — could he be history’s greatest bunny?
Moeen Ali has been brought undone by Nathan Lyon this series — could he be history’s greatest bunny?

GOAT’s world record humiliation for broken Pom

CRICKET: IT'S a tale of a GOAT and his bunny.

Nathan Lyon, affectionately know as GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) has condemned hapless England all-rounder Moeen Ali to an unwanted piece of Ashes history having dismissed him for the seventh time this series when he had him trapped lbw for 13 an hour into play on the final day of the series.

The out-of-sorts star, who began this series as England's No.6 batsman and a key cog in their bid to defend the Ashes, was branded 'mentally shot' by Australian legend Allan Border in the lead up to the SCG Test - and his spot in the team was only saved by the late withdrawal of Chris Woakes (side strain).

The most dismissals ever in a batsman/bowler combination is now shared equally by five men, all of who removed their victims seven times in a series.

England's Moeen Ali walks off after being dismissed by Nathan Lyon, again.
England's Moeen Ali walks off after being dismissed by Nathan Lyon, again.
Impressively, Lyon achieved a higher success rate against Moeen than any of his equals, achieving the feat in just nine innings, with England batting just once in Melbourne, while the other four bowlers took 10, 11 or 12 innings to remove their bunnies.

Glenn McGrath had Mike Atherton's measure in the 1997 Ashes in England, while fellow quick Geoff Lawson had a similar effect over former England skipper David Gower eight years prior.

Glenn McGrath (L) took Mike Atherton’s wicket seven times in the 1997 Ashes.
Glenn McGrath (L) took Mike Atherton’s wicket seven times in the 1997 Ashes.

McGrath rolled Atherton 19 times in his career, to own the most dominant batsman-bowler record in Test history.

Like Lyon, legendary Australian legspinner Clarrie Grimmett spun a web over South Africa's Jack Siedle in 1935-6 - taking his wicket seven times in just 10 innings.

The only non-Australian on the list, England quick Brian Statham, dominated the Proteas' Trevor Goddard in 1960.



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