Nathan Lyon: Playing the World Cup on my bucket list

The Australia off-spinner believes spinners will play an important role in the World Cup, and hopes to secure his spot for the event.

Nathan Lyon: “I know if I get the opportunity, I’m confident I can get the job done for Australia [at the World Cup].”   -  PTI

The teams are busy finding the right combination before heading into the World Cup and Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon is eager to be on that flight to the United Kingdom.

After being left out of the first one-dayer in Hyderabad, Lyon was drafted in for the Nagpur game where he returned figures of 1 for 42 from his spell of 10 overs. Speaking to reporters on the eve of the third one-dayer here, Lyon pointed out that in the upcoming World Cup, fielding two spinners in a playing XI could be the norm.

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“You always want to play in the big tournaments and I’ve never had the opportunity to play in a World Cup. It’s definitely on my bucket list. I do believe two spinners in a squad is going to play a massive role, especially in the U.K. I dare say nearly every side in the World Cup will be playing two spinners,” Lyon said.

‘Very confident’

Along with Adam Zampa, Lyon is surely one of the probables in Australia’s World Cup squad and the off-spinner is waiting for the opportunity. “I’m very confident with where my skill level is at. I know if I get the opportunity, I’m confident I can get the job done for Australia. We’ve got three more ODIs here, then five in Dubai. There’s going to be a great opportunity for players to put their hand up,” he said.

An established spinner in Test cricket, with 343 wickets, Lyon is yet to make a mark in the shorter formats of the game. He said he is “enjoying the challenge and trying to get better.”

“I am really enjoying being back playing the shorter formats for Australia. For me, it is just about enjoying the challenge and trying to get better at playing shorter formats. I am one for always learning about cricket. I want to get better each and every day that I come out to bowl,” he declared.