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India vs Australia | I Can Get the Job Done for Australia at World Cup: Lyon

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 8, 2019, 8:32 AM IST

Having missed out on the 2015 World Cup, Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon "definitely" wants to feature in this year's tournament in England.

"As an Australian cricketer you always want to play in the big tournaments and I've never had the opportunity to play in a World Cup," Lyon said on Thursday (March 7) ahead of the third ODI in Ranchi.

"It's definitely on my bucket list, something I definitely want to do."

Australia's most prolific Test off-spinner has been in and out of the ODI side and made his comeback in this format after two years in the wilderness. Since then, Lyon has mostly been playing the second-fiddle to leg-spinner Adam Zampa.

Both Lyon and Zampa played in Nagpur - only for the fourth time in ODIs, combining for figures of 3/104 from 20 overs.

The 31-year-old, who's featured in only 18 ODIs, said almost every team will play two specialist spinners in the World Cup and will be expected to play a massive role.

"I do believe two spinners in a squad is going to play a massive role, especially in the UK. I dare say nearly every side in the World Cup will be playing two spinners," he said.

"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."

Lyon said he shares a good relationship with Zampa and feels their pairing could be an "exciting prospect for Australia".

"We've got a really good relationship. I've really enjoyed bowling with him in the nets and especially the other night in the game – I think we can complement each other really well," he said.

"Potentially (it could) be a really good partnership just around the corner – it's an exciting prospect for Australia."

Lyon is also looking to add a few more variations up his sleeve in order to remain relevant in limited overs cricket at a time when wrist spinners are ruling the roost.

"Wrist spinners are a valuable part to any side but I am working on a couple of variations to make sure I am keeping up with the game. The game is moving so fast. This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn," he said.

"I think it is a pretty important balance to have, a couple of really good spinners to have in your side. Look at India, they have a couple of really good ones. Kuldeep, his skills are unbelievable but their reliance on Jadeja has been quite impressive as well."

Australia may have lost two close games but Lyon feels that terms like "choker" is too harsh.

"We are playing against one of the best sides in the world. Choke is a pretty strong word, we are a young cricket side, we are trying to get better and we are learning about the game on the training field," he said.

"It has been a close contest if you actually break down the games --- I have just come from a team meeting --- into all the little numbers we look at, it is quite close.

"I think a lot of people will be surprised as to how close it is. So there is a great feeling inside the Australian change room at the moment, a lot of belief."

First Published: March 8, 2019, 8:00 AM IST
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