Australia's Nathan Lyon celebrates the dismissal of India's Kuldeep Yadav on the third day of the fourth Test in Dharmsala last month.
Australia's Nathan Lyon celebrates the dismissal of India's Kuldeep Yadav on the third day of the fourth Test in Dharmsala last month. Tsering Topgyal

The moment Nathan Lyon knew 'nice, Garry' had gone too far

THIS was the moment Nathan Lyon knew that "niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice, Garry" had gone too far.

It was the catchcry that took control of Australian cricket over summer, as recalled wicketkeeper Matthew Wade was heard bellowing out the now-famous call after nearly every delivery sent down by Nathan "Garry" Lyon.

But it wasn't until after the Test summer, when Lyon returned to playing for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League, that the true extent of Wade's encouraging words was felt.

It was while preparing for a Sixers' match and saying his goodbyes to three-year-old daughter Harper that it finally dawned on Lyon just how much those two words had affected his life.

"I remember I went up to Harper and said 'Dad's got to go to the cricket, I'll see you when Dad gets home tomorrow'. And she goes 'okay, love you, good night ... good luck Dad'," Lyon recalled in an interview with Adam Peacock on FoxSportsNews500.

"I said 'thanks Harper' and she turned around and said 'nice, Garry'.

"I'm like 'right - this has stuck, this is going to go viral'."

Now Lyon can't go anywhere without someone - be it a six-year-old at a coaching clinic or a drunk punter at a wedding - letting him know whatever he's doing at that time is niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.

"Now I've got young kids saying it from Harper's age to grown men walking past at Pete Nevill's wedding up in Byron Bay on the weekend, just saying 'nice, Garry'," Lyon added.

"There you go, thanks for coming. I've got Matty Wade to thank for that.

 

Nathan Lyon of Australia (third from left) celebrates with teammates after taking a wicket against Pakistan in January.
Nathan Lyon of Australia (third from left) celebrates with teammates after taking a wicket against Pakistan in January. DAN HIMBRECHTS

"It's good fun. It provides a bit of humour."

The most famous "nice, Garry" moment, of course, came during the Boxing Day Test when tens of thousands of fans pledged to belt it out during Lyon's third ball of his first over.

Then Lyon, he says, ruined the moment.

Instead of a collective "nice, Garry" from the 40,000-strong showing early in the day, the result was a mixture of Garry and sheer jubilation because the off-spinner had snared the scalp of Pakistan opener Sami Aslam - caught by skipper Steve Smith at slip.

"Even before the game started I had family and friends telling me the third ball they're going to yell out 'nice, Garry' as well," he said.

"I remember walking back to my mark and I had Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood at mid-off and mid-on, and they've just both looked at me and said 'nice, Garry'. I knew it had stuck. I was well aware of that special moment. But I ruined it.

"I was more worried about getting hit for six and everyone yelling out 'nice, Garry', because I was going to say 'it's not really!'. But lucky that Smudger held one at first slip."

News Corp Australia

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