Lyon baffled by lack of ODI selection


Australia spinner Nathan Lyon may be his country's most successful off-spinner in Tests, but he only has eight ODIs to his name and is hoping to use the domestic Matador One-Day Cup to prove his worth in that format.

Lyon is rarely picked for the shorter formats for Australia, despite being a dead certainty for the Test side, and says he hopes his efforts with New South Wales in the upcoming tournament will see that change.

Lyon told Fairfax media: "I'm wondering why I don't get picked, too. I definitely haven't given up and I haven't retired from one-day cricket, that's for sure.

"I want to play all three formats of cricket for Australia, that's my goal, so I have to keep putting my hand up for selection and doing what I can to achieve that.

"It's out of my hands, it's up to the selectors and I know all I can do is control my performance and my work ethic."

The Blues also have Steve O'Keefe as a spinner, and while he is on the fringes of Test selection, he might keep Lyon out of the side here, as the Australia players are rarely in the squads.

The only reason the national players are available is because the Test tour to Bangladesh has been postponed indefinitely, after a threat to the players' safety was made.