‘I want to play all three formats for Australia’, says Nathan Lyon

"I was pretty nervous and excited, playing again after two years"

“I was pretty nervous and excited, playing again after two years”

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Australia spinner Nathan Lyon has once again reiterated his desire to represent his country in all three formats of the game.

Lyon recently played against Zimbabwe in the ongoing tri-series, which was his first ODI after 29 months. But, he did not do as well as expected since he gave away 42 runs off his seven overs. However, he did dismiss opener Sikandar Raza and wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami in the process.

“I was pretty nervous and excited, playing again after two years,” he said. “The main aim was to try and help Australia to victory, and the challenge now is to back it up.

“I want to play all three formats for Australia. I’m just always looking forward to the next opportunity. The main message I have received from the coaches is to work on my consistency. I have also been working on different variations, so it’s currently a work in progress.”

While Lyon has excelled in Test cricket, where he has taken 112 wickets at an average of 32.99, he still has a long way to go before he can convince the national selectors that he should be included in Australia’s World Cup squad.

“I’ve had a few different challenges at Test level,” he said. “In ODIs, things are a lot more compact and things happen a lot quicker. But I feel I’ve grown as a player and my experiences in Tests have definitely helped me.”

Lyon added that he is learning a lot from legendary Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who recently joined Australia’s coaching staff as a spin consultant. In fact, Lyon and Muralitharan have been working together to create a brand new kind of delivery, which is only known as ‘The Jeff’.

“Listening to Murali provides you with confidence,” Lyon said. “He backed me up by saying that my skill set was heading in the right way. Getting such a compliment from him is very special.”

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