Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon handed captaincy role |

Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon handed captaincy role

Nathan Lyon has been trusted with the captainship of the Prime Ministers XI.

Ricky Ponting & Nathan Lyon |
Nathan Lyon and Ricky Ponting of Australia leave the field. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australia battered England to retain the urn but are struggling in the ODI series. England already lead the five-match series two games to none. The visitors have upped their game and Eoin Morgan is doing a fantastic job as well. However, one of Australia’s spin wizard, Nathan Lyon has been knocking on the selector’s doors for a chance in the One Day squad.

After a magnificent Test series, he went to play in the Big Bash League. The transition from the longest format of the game to the shortest was like a hot knife through butter. Lyon has impressed everyone by taking six wickets in three games. T20 cricket needs some good fielders and Lyon flourishes in that part of the game as well.

Nathan to captain a T20 team

Nathan Lyon has been trusted with the captainship of the Prime Ministers XI. After the ODI series, England will play a bunch of T20s with the Australian side to conclude their tour. Before the series, they will play a warm-up game against the Prime Ministers XI. The team will be captained by Nathan Lyon.

It will be interesting to see how Lyon fares in the game. The fact that he has been in fantastic form is the reason the selectors have trusted him with the leadership of the side. Talking about selectors, Mark Waugh, the chief selector was in awe of the spinner. He had a thing more to say about this agile Australian player.

He is on our radar – Mark Waugh

Mark Waugh was all praise for Nathan Lyon. He was asked about the selection of Adam Zampa and his performances and the comparison with Nathan Lyon. Waugh made it pretty clear that Lyon’s previous ODI record was not that good, however, his current form says otherwise. He admitted that he is out of the ODI side just because there is not enough room in the squad.

The former Australian opener defended Adam Zampa. He said that Zampa has performed for the Aussies in the past and that is the reason he has been included in the team. “At the moment Adam Zampa is in the one-day squad and he’s done a good job when he’s been in there.Nathan Lyon’s one-day form a few years ago wasn’t as good as what it could possibly be now. He’s definitely in the frame, we’re not discounting him,” said Waugh while talking to the Sky Sports radio.

“It doesn’t matter what form of the game he’s bowling in at the moment. He’s gone to another level,” Waugh continued as he was notified about Lyon’s performances in the ongoing BBL. “His confidence has flown through to his white-ball cricket. He’s definitely pushing for selection in all three formats.

“He’s just bowling too well to ignore, but at the moment you can only fit 11 players in the (team). It’s a very good squad and Zampa’s record is good. (Lyon’s exclusion) is probably more that there’s not enough room, but he’s definitely on the radar,” Waugh concluded.

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