Nathan Lyon Sees India’s Tour as an ‘Opportunity’ Ahead of 2019 World Cup
Australian National Cricket Team’s star off-spinner Nathan Lyon has set his hopes high ahead of the 2019 World Cup. Meanwhile, the visitors led by Aaron Finch will partake in two Twenty20 Internationals followed by five-match One-day International matches against the Men in Blue led by Virat Kohli. He stressed it’s going to be an arduous task and eventually a big opportunity to dictate the terms owing to a young team in India for Australia.
“It will be a great challenge for us, there’s no point shying away from that. It’s a great opportunity for a young side,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Lyon as saying.
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The Test specialist sees the impending tour as the preparation ground for the upcoming 2019 World Cup. He added more games would allow the Kangaroos to acclimatise the conditions.
“We get a great opportunity to play a lot of white-ball cricket before the World Cup so I think if we can go out and enjoy ourselves, make sure our preparation is right, and then we can compete against the best in their conditions as well,” Lyon added.
However, the prominent spinner Lyon, who was among one of the leading Test wicket-takers in the recently concluded four-match Test series at home, added he known what his job is to make things count for the national team. Lyon recently tied at 21 wickets with Jasprit Bumrah, as India clinched the historic Test series by 2-1.
“I know my role in the Australian set-up with captain Aaron Finch, we just have to keep working on it and ensuring we are playing an exciting brand of cricket. There’s a massive couple of goals just around the corner for the Australian side,” Lyon added.
The role is to perform:
Moreover, the 31-year-old New South Wales-based Lyon, who’s the part of the 15-member squad for India tour. Lyon is happy to make his stint count this time around in the white-ball cricket. The prominent bowler Lyon knows what it takes to leave an impact in the 50-over format.
Concurrently, Lyon, who’s representing Sydney Sixers in the ongoing edition of the Big Bash League (BBL). He is confident enough on his impressive show against India. He is aiming to continue delivering with the ball.
“Hopefully my World Cup campaign, my selection, will start on Sunday. I just need to keep putting in good performances with the ball. And make sure I can play my role, whichever side I’m playing in whether that’s the Sixers or Australia,” Lyon concluded.
Besides, the quadrennial event will kick off on May 30 in England and Wales.
On February 24, the opener of the T20I between India and Australia will be held in Visakhapatnam.
Here’s the 15-man squad for Australia:
Aaron Finch (Captain), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, D’Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Ashton Turner, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa
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