Australian leading test spinner Nathan Lyon has said in a recent interview that he still harbours the hope of playing for his country in the 2019 World Cup. He has played only 13 ODI’s for Australia since making his debut in 2012 against Sri Lanka in Adelaide.
Even though Lyon is Australia’s first choice spinner in test cricket, he finds himself way down the pecking order in limited over format behind left-arm spinner Ashton Agar and leg-spinner Adam Zampa. However, the situation becomes even more difficult for Lyon at times when Australians choose to go into a match without a proper spinner.
Lyon is hoping that a good performance in the ongoing Big Bash League, could be the perfect way to make the selectors notice of his abilities even when the ball is white.
Following a brilliant spell of 3/18 against Melbourne Stars earlier this week, Lyon spoke to cricket.com.au. He said,”To be a part of a World Cup would be pretty special.
“That’s definitely on my radar, I would love to be in that squad. I missed out on the home World Cup here (in 2015).
“There’s no secrets … I want to be playing all formats of cricket for Australia.
“But I’m just focused on going out and bowling well for whoever I play for. At the moment, that’s Sydney Sixers.
“We’ve had an amazing summer winning the Ashes. I’ve just got to keep playing decent cricket with red ball, white ball, pink ball – whatever it is.”
Squashing all such reports, Lyon said, “I don’t think it’s a massive risk.“You saw today – I didn’t bowl too many flatter balls. I’m still backing my strength of trying to spin the ball.
“I’ve put my name in (for the IPL auction) every year and never get picked up.
“I just put my name out there especially after the year I’ve had. I’m very confident with my bowling at the moment but I’m not expecting to get picked up.”