Nathan Lyon, Australia bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Lyon's economical bowling should assist Zampa well at showpiece event

Lyon is regarded as one of finest slow bowlers in Test cricket for a while now, but the onus is still on him to prove himself in the 50-over format. Lyon's figures are quite modest, he has taken 26 wickets in 25 matches with a strike-rate of 54.6 and just one four-wicket haul.

Gaurav Joshi, Apr 27, 2019 16:44:53 IST

In 2011, Nathan Lyon was the curator at the Adelaide Oval Ground No 2. Six months later, he was playing Test cricket for Australia. Lyon's giant leap from a groundsman to the leading off-spinner is one of the remarkable stories in cricket. Eighty-six Test matches later, he is fourth on Australia's leading wicket-taker list and the most successful off-spinner the country has produced.

Lyon is regarded as one of the finest slow bowlers in Test cricket for a while now, but the onus is still on him to prove himself in the 50-over format. Lyon's figures are quite modest, he has taken 26 wickets in 25 matches with a strike-rate of 54.6 and just one four-wicket haul.

File image of Nathan Lyon. AFP

File image of Nathan Lyon. AFP

It is the change of mindset under Justin Langer that has offered Lyon another lifeline. The impact of spinners in the limited overs format prompted Langer to try Lyon in the past six months. To be fair, his performances have been standard. Australia believes that against a team with plenty of left-handers, Lyon can be a real threat and hence they needed an off-spinning option in the 15-man- squad.

Lyon is a single dimensional off-spinner. He is in the old classical mould that looks to defeat the batsman in flight and bounce. On pitches that offer turn or bounce, he looms as a big threat, but on benign surfaces, the lack of variation makes him easy prey.

One aspect in Lyon's favour is his ability to build pressure on the batsmen. In the past 11 ODIs, he's economy of 4.79, ranks in the top 10 in 2019. Adam Zampa will be the first spinner on the team sheet, but Lyon's pressure building in the middle-overs and economical bowling is thought to be a key factor to Zampa and Australia's success.

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Updated Date: May 16, 2019 13:59:42 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254