‘My goal is to play all three formats for Australia’, says Nathan Lyon

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Lyon is determined to represent Australia in the 2015 World Cup

After coming off a dismal Ashes series where he could only accumulate nine wickets, Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon has announced that “my goal is to play all three formats for Australia”.

However, that goal will have to wait as the 25-year-old was not included in Australia’s squad for the limited overs series against England.

Instead, he will return home to Australia and start representing New South Wales in domestic matches.

As of right now, Lyon has only represented Australia in two ODIs and is still yet to make his Twenty20 International debut, but despite having only taken one wicket in limited overs matches, Lyon has vowed to gain a spot in Australia’s 2015 World Cup squad.

“I definitely want to play one-day cricket – there’s no doubt about that,” he said. “My goal is to play all three formats for Australia. The more chance you get to play cricket for Australia, the better for me. There is no point hiding behind it. I really want to play one-day cricket.”

Australia’s national selector John Inverarity noted that Lyon had not been included in the limited overs squad since Cricket Australia want him to get as much practice as possible before the second leg of the Ashes, which will be held in Australia, gets underway in November.

Despite admitting to feeling “hunted” with Ashton Agar and Fawad Ahmed both proving to be worthy adversaries, Lyon also stated that he was “not even thinking” about the comments made by Inverarity.

“I’m not even thinking about it,” he said. “I’m not in the one-day squad. We get home and get in the camp there at NSW [New South Wales] and then we’ll worry about the Australian summer when that comes.”

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