Lyon has proven to be a huge asset for Australia in the past
Having had an excellent run in the early stages of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, Australia were being labelled as favourites to win the tournament before their dreams came crashing down at the hands of the West Indies in the semi-finals.
However, throughout the course of the World Twenty20, Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who was left out of the squad for Xavier Doherty and veteran spinner Brad Hogg, has been training hard every single day in order to ensure that he is selected for the upcoming home series against South Africa in November.
Lyon stated that the national team selectors had told him to keep working on his game since they believed it was only a matter of time before he would start representing his country in all three formats of the game.
News.com.au quoted Lyon as saying: “I have to keep improving and keep working hard. They (selectors) just said keep working and aspiring to play all three formats and that is definitely in my book.”
With the South Africa series looming, Australia will be in need of a serious spin attack, and Lyon looks like a perfect candidate to fill that role.
Lyon, currently 24, captured the attention of the cricketing world after bowling South Australia to the 2010-2011 Big Bash League title.
Compared to countries such as the West Indies, Pakistan and England, Australia’s spin attack looks extremely weak, and Lyon knows that he has the credentials to make it much stronger.
“I can’t seem them making too many changes. Australia has a pretty strong squad. I know I have to come back and put the performances on the board with the Strikers and Redbacks if I want to be picked across three formats,” Lyon said.