Nathan Lyon Expresses Desire to Play World Cup

Nathan Lyon Expresses Desire to Play World Cup

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Australia slow-bowling Test specialist Nathan Lyon revealed his childhood dream was to represent the national side in a World Cup, adding he is looking forward to giving his best to rise among the ranks.

“I’d love to play in a World Cup one day,” Lyon was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.

Owing to his instant preference for the participation of New South Wales side, Lyon further reiterated he would fight hard to cement the place in limited-overs cricket.

As Steven Smith-led side is currently in Australia for the bilateral series with visitors already trailing by 1-0 in the five-match ODI series, the leg-spinner Adam Zampa and left-arm orthodox spinner Ashton Agar were preferred over senior campaigner Lyon.

“I’m definitely looking forward to it, but I’m not looking to change anything (from bowling in Test cricket) too special,” Lyon further added.

In a bid to fetch the long-term position in the 50-over format, Lyon in its first stint didn’t have enough under his belt, as he is aiming to swing the fortunes in his favour owing to his efforts.

“I need to get picked in the Australian team first before any of that, and I need to perform well for NSW,” Lyon added.

Moreover, Australian 50-over squad in the subcontinent has also the part-time slow-bowler Travis Head, as all-round Glenn Maxwell has shown some promise with the white-ball too while bagging 45 wickets in 78 ODIs.

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In 13 ODIs, Lyon bagged 17 wickets, as he made a lone appearance in the 20-over format. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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However, the 29-year-old off-spinner Lyon reiterated he is focusing on the JLT One-day Cup which will be beginning from Wednesday (September 27) between Cricket Australia XI and South Africa in Brisbane.

The eight-team competition will run through between September 27 and to October 21, 2017

The Blues have had enjoyed a good out in the previous competition, and Lyon would be marching to help his side to lay hands on another title after claiming two consecutive trophies.

In the recently concluded two-match Test series against Bangladesh, Lyon tasted enough success, as he bagged 22 wickets in the matches played in Dhaka and Chittagong

Adjudged as Man of the Series, Lyon played a significant role for the Kangaroos in a bid to level the series one each after hosts had an early lead of 1-0 at Mirpur.

Owing to the astronomical rise with the red-ball, Lyon bagged 269 wickets in 69 Tests, although having the average of 31.83.

Impressive Lyon has 12 five-wicket hauls to his name followed by nine four-wicket hauls while donning the Baggy Green.

Lyon enjoyed the purple patch of late after struggling early on, as he previously played his ODI fixture against Sri Lanka in Colombo in August 2016.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter, Instagram: TahirIbnManzoor