'Doesn't make sense to me'- Michael Clarke on CA's decision to cut short Nathan Lyon's Lancashire stint

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon was originally supposed to play the entire 2024 English season across all formats for Lancashire.

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Veteran off-spinner Nathan Lyon, not so long ago, signed for English county club Lancashire, eager to gain playing experience in an all-out summer in overseas conditions. However, the recent viewpoint of Cricket Australia, the national cricketing board, cut short Lyon's tenure to play the full season. The decision clearly came as a big surprise to everyone, including Lyon himself, who was certainly disappointed with the call taken by the board.

In the same vein, former Australia veteran and Lyon's first national skipper, Michael Clarke, condemned the decision of cutting short the cricketer's tenure to half its original magnitude, while only being allowed to play red-ball cricket. Having played with the offie, Clarke asserted that the senior spinner operated best when on a string of games, getting better with the flow of streamlined layers of momentum by his side.

"We've seen in his (Lyon's) career that he's a much better bowler the more he bowls. I'd rather see him play cricket than, what's he going to do, come home and do a pre-season? Rip a hamstring or a calf trying to do a 2 km time-trial? This doesn't make sense to me, what's the difference? He's playing seven games instead of nine games. I'd rather see Lyno keep playing, and I'm sure he would like to keep bowling. That's what he does. It's what he does well," said Clarke on ESPN's Around The Wicket show.

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I'd love to see Lyon get the opportunity to play full season: Callum Ferguson

Former Australian batter Callum Ferguson was equally disapproving of the decision, saying that he'd have loved to see the off-spinner getting plenty of opportunities in England, with him getting the hang of the intricacies of those conditions, which would be ever so vital and would leave the Aussie spin legend with much more aware and informed for the next time he visited England on an Ashes tour.

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"I really dislike this. I hate it. I'd love to see him get the opportunity to play the full season if he thinks that's the best thing for his career. Because, I feel like this opportunity to get the Dukes ball in his hand for a full season, learn as much as he can about as many facilities around the country, that leaves him in better shape next time he goes over for an Ashes series and we know how dear the Ashes are to us," Ferguson expressed.

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