Lyon is ready to make a name for himself
Australia coach Mickey Arthur has revealed that spinner Nathan Lyon has the potential to become the top-ranked Australian spinner in international cricket.
Arthur’s belief in Lyon is a refreshing change from the continuous dropping and adding of spinners in the national team since the retirement of leg-spin legend Shane Warne in 2007.
Australia decided to take spinners Xavier Doherty and veteran Brad Hogg to the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, while leaving Lyon behind to continue developing his spin for the upcoming Test series against South Africa in November.
Lyon, 24, had impressed everyone in his maiden Test tour against Sri Lanka a year ago, but Arthur stated that Hogg’s form in the run up to the World Twenty20 had just been too good to ignore.
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Arthur as saying: “I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say that had it not been a World Cup, we probably wouldn’t have looked at getting Brad back, but because it’s an ICC event, a massive event, and Brad is clearly one of the two best T20 spinners in the country, he deserved a look-in.”
Talking about Lyon, Arthur noted that he still needed to work on improving his bowling, and that if he started to impress selectors with his performances in the Sheffield Shield, then there would be a spot for him on the Test roster for the upcoming series against South Africa.
“The feedback on Nathan [from the Australia A tour of England] was he was OK. Of the 23 first-class games, I think 13 are Test matches, so he is still learning his game. I think he was good without being brilliant by his own admission, and that’s fine, because we just want to see him growing and getting better,” Arthur said.