Recently, Australian off spinner Nathan Lyon had admitted that he was very eager to be a part of Australia’s squad for the ICC World T20 2016 in India. Lyon, who was Australia’s Man of the Match in the first test against West Indies, said that he had the skills to excel for Australia even in limited overs.
According to selector Trevor Hohns, Lyon has made a genuine case for himself to be Australia’s lead spinner in the mega event. “Nathan is not far out of the picture for one-day cricket, and of course with the World T20 coming up it’s probably ideal for him to go back and play some of those games,” Hohns said. “Also, if we look where we’re playing the first few games, you’ve got Brisbane, you’ve got Perth – normally you play with your faster bowlers there.
“Glenn Maxwell has done a pretty good job in the spinning role when we’re only playing that one type of spinner-cum-allrounder, plus the quicks. I think we’ll find that, for the T20 World Cup in particular in those conditions over there, we’ll probably need a couple of spinners in our squad. I can’t see why Lyon and Maxwell can’t play together, depending on conditions, of course,” Hohns summed up.
A call up to Lyon for the T20 World Cup in India might not be a bad move either. The off spinner has shown great promise for the Kangaroos in test matches, and has delivered the goods time and again. His record in List A isn’t too disappointing either, as he has 47 wickets in 37 games at an impressive economy rate of 4.72. In T20’s as well, his economy rate is acceptable as it is 7.30. Lyon on current form is way ahead of other Australian spinner such as Cameron Boyce and Xavier Doherty.