Nearly Every Side In The World Cup Will Be Playing Two Spinners – Nathan Lyon
Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon believes that almost every team will go with two spinners in the upcoming World Cup.
England and Wales will host the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July. A total of ten top teams will participate in this 12th edition of the World Cup tournament.
Every team is in the final preparation mode before beginning their World Cup journey. At this moment, Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon feels that almost every team will go with two spinners in the upcoming World Cup. While the spinners are playing some crucial roles in the modern world cricket, Nathan Lyon feels it will continue in the forthcoming World Cup.
The Aussie off-spinner said about this, “I do believe two spinners in a squad is going to play a massive role, especially in the UK. I dare say nearly every side in the World Cup will be playing two spinners.”
At present, mostly the Asian sides are using two spinners in their ODI playing XIs. While India uses Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in together, Pakistan uses Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan in their regular playing XI. Moreover, Sri Lanka relies on Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan and Dhananjaya de Silva. Bangladesh and Afghanistan are also depended on the spinners. Afghanistan spinners Rashid Khan, Mujeed Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi are very important bowlers for their team.
The World Cup is definitely on my bucket list – Nathan Lyon
The 31-year-old Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon is a successful Test spinner. Playing 86 Tests for Australia, he has taken 343 wickets.
However, he is not a familiar face in limited-overs cricket. He has played only 18 ODIs and two T20Is where he has picked up 19 and one wickets respectively.
Though he is still fighting to earn his spot in the limited-overs cricket, the Aussie spinner is focusing on playing his first World Cup tournament.
Nathan Lyon said, “You always want to play in the big tournaments and I’ve never had the opportunity to play in a World Cup. It’s definitely on my bucket list.”
Nathan Lyon is confident of earning his World Cup opportunity
Nathan Lyon is still not a regular spinner of the Australian ODI side. The 26-year-old leg-spinner Adam Zampa is bowling very well and has put a stiff competition with him in the limited-overs squad.
After almost two years later, Nathan Lyon made his limited-overs return in last June. Since then, he has played only five ODIs and has picked up just two wickets. Surely, he needs to make a massive improvement in the last few chances. After the ongoing ODI series in India, Australia will have left only one more ODI series before the World Cup. Completing the current India tour, Australia will play another five-match ODI series against Pakistan in UAE.
However, Nathan Lyon is confident of earning his World Cup opportunity.
He said, “I’m very confident with where my skill level is at. I know if I get the opportunity, I’m confident I can get the job done for Australia. We’ve got three more ODIs here, then five in Dubai. There’s going to be a great opportunity for players to put their hand up.”
Australia will begin their World Cup journey on 1st June when they will meet Afghanistan at Bristol.
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