ODI World Cup 2023: Nathan Lyon is waiting if Australia need spin reinforcement

Nathan Lyon was also part of the 2019 Australia team but couldn't offer much to the team but this time, he might perform better.

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ODI World Cup 2023: Nathan Lyon is waiting if Australia need spin reinforcement

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Nathan Lyon is ready to reinforce Australia's spin department if his services are required during the ongoing Cricket World Cup in India. Ashton Agar is already missing from the ICC event due to a calf tear he suffered during the T20Is in South Africa last month. With only one specialist spinner in Adam Zampa and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell as the other option, Australia could feel the absence of a spinner, especially in spin-friendly conditions in India. That's where the name of Nathan Lyon comes in.

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Lyon has bagged 29 wickets in the same number of matches at an average of 46.0 and an economy of 4.92, with the best figures of 4/44 in ODIs. The last time he was in the Australian ODI setup was in July 2019, during the previous World Cup.

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"I sent Andrew McDonald a text message the other day when I saw Ashton Agar was ruled out. I said, 'Just to let you know, I'm back bowling 10 overs, I'm right to go, 100 percent'. If that happened I'd do anything to go over and play the World Cup," Lyon said to espncricinfo.

"Hopefully, they go out there and have a really good campaign and make sure they go over there to achieve what they've gone over there to do." A calf injury ended his Ashes stint earlier than expected in England a few months back. But he is now fit to play any games.

However, Lyon thinks that Maxwell can deliver at the peak in this edition with the ball.

"Glenn Phillips bowled pretty well the other night against England, and I feel like Maxi's skill set is up there, and he's extremely confident. Hundred per cent I'm backing his skill-set to do the job there, and when Travis Head comes back, I dare say his off-breaks will be quite effective as well," he added.

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