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Playing limited overs cricket will not damage my bowling - Nathan Lyon

Playing limited overs cricket will not damage my bowling - Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon is confident of succeeding in all the three formats for Australia.
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Australian premier off-spinner Nathan Lyon has asserted that bowling in limited overs cricket will not harm his form in the longer form of the game.

Lyon has played 54 Tests for Australia has 195 wickets but he has only played 10 One-Day Internationals and a lone Twenty20 International in his career so far.

Given the conditions in the Caribbean currently, Lyon is expected to play an important role in the ongoing tri-series against West Indies and South Africa.

In 2015, during the tour of the British Isles, Lyon was not picked for the limited overs leg and selector Rod Marsh reasoned that he did not want to risk Lyon losing his form by taking a beating in white ball cricket.

However, Lyon feels that bowling in the limited overs formats of the game will help his game develop and is also confident to succeed in all the three formats.

"It's definitely not going to damage my bowling," he said.

"I think it's going to help it in different ways.

“I'm confident in my skill-set to get the job done in any format.

“I'm really happy with the way the ball is coming out.

“It's just about being able to adapt.

“The best players in the world adapt and that's one of my goals."

The rise of leg-spinner Adam Zampa has given Australia a welcome boost and Lyon has hailed the way the 24-year-old has grown in stature in the recent past.

Zampa was also chosen by the Australian selectors for the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 whereas Lyon failed to make the cut for the mega-event.

Lyon, who said that he and Zampa are “really good mates”, is looking forward to bowl alongside the leg-spinner, who enjoyed an impressive outing in the 2016 Indian Premier League.

"It's exciting to see him come through," Lyon said.

"He's developing into a great spinner.

"He's backed himself. He understands where his game is at.

“He trusts his spinning ability and he's come along in leaps and bounds.

"We're really good mates ... I've known him for a few years now.

"Hopefully if we get the chance to play out there in the middle together, we can win a couple of games for Australia."

Lyon’s form in Tests has seen him become one of Australia’s bowling mainstays in the format and Lyon has credited his mentor, John Davison.

“For me John Davison has been a massive player.

“He is someone that I can find anytime anywhere and give a call and throw back ideas.

“I am lucky to have some really good mates in and around the squad who have played a lot in spin conditions and they give me a fair amount of feedback.

“But Davison is the one that I can pick out and call anytime, I know he will be at home watching closely and if he sees anything, he will send me a text or give me a call the next day.”

Lyon will be hoping to put on a good performance in the ongoing tri-series where Australia begin their campaign with a game against West Indies on 5th June in Guyana.

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