World Cup 2019 is on Nathan Lyon’s ‘bucket listing’


Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon has the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 on his radar as he chases his first appearance in cricket’s flagship occasion. Lyon turned into neglected in favour of left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty while Australia lifted the World Cup at domestic in 2015. He has due to the fact that long gone directly to emerge as one of the global’s main bowlers in Test cricket – he’s Australia’s most a success spinner after Shane Warne. However, Lyon is still used sparingly in ODIs, with simply 18 caps in a seven-12 months career. “As an Australian cricketer, you usually want to play inside the massive tournaments, and I even have by no means had the opportunity to play in a World Cup,” Lyon said beforehand of Australia’s third ODI towards India in Ranchi on Friday, 8 March. “It is surely on my bucket list, something I certainly need to do. “I daresay almost each side inside the World Cup might be playing spinners. I am very assured with wherein my ability degree is at. I know if I get the possibility, I am assured I can get the job accomplished for Australia.”

Lyon has had minimum possibilities in ODIs, however he’s also made minimal effect in them, with 19 wickets at forty two.78. He has now played three matches in 2019 and has 1/151 in 30 overs – no longer terrible figures, but now not the type to make you sit up and take word. However, the off-spinner said he’s enjoying white-ball cricket, and became clean approximately in which his strengths lie. “I’m surely playing gambling white-ball cricket and being again in coloured apparel for Australia. For me, it’s about playing the assignment and try and get higher inside the shorter layout. I’m constantly approximately gaining knowledge of each time I go out to bowl,” he stated. “There is delivered pressure, I guess, but none I’m putting on myself. I’m just looking ahead to doing my excellent for the Australian cricket team. “I still believe jump is a massive weapon, having the ability to exchange up versions, tempo and mindset, relying on who I’m bowling to. Personally, I’m looking to examine the sport, what’s going to manifest in the sport and control that second. Bounce remains an vital component for me; if I can hit the stickers on the bat, and with any luck the ones catches will go to the hand and now not into the stands. It’s an awesome venture and it is something I’m excited about.”

Lyon similarly said that he changed into trying to meet the needs of the current-day game with the aid of adding versions to his arsenal, and expected that spin may have a big component to play in the World Cup in England and Wales. “Obviously, the wrist-spinners are a precious component to any side and I’m running on a pair of various variations to keep up with the game,” he said. “The recreation is shifting so rapid, and it’s a extremely good opportunity for each person to examine. But it’s quite crucial to have the stability of a couple of suitable spinners to your side. You look at India. Kuldeep Yadav’s skills are improbable and [Ravindra] Jadeja has been quite outstanding as nicely. It’s important for any international aspect to have multiple first rate spinners going into the World Cup.”