Lyon cherishing ODI comeback

Australia

Spinner Nathan Lyon has expressed a desire to play all three formats of the international game on a consistent basis.

Spinner Nathan Lyon has expressed a desire to play all three formats of the international game on a consistent basis.

Lyon has played 33 Test matches since September 2011's debut, but just three ODIs – and not one Twenty20 International.

His third ODI, against Zimbabwe in Monday's tri-series opener against Zimbabwe, was particularly impressive.

The wily slow bowler snared figures of two for 42, including the key dismissal of opener Sikandar Raza, across seven telling overs.

"I was pretty nervous and excited, playing ODI cricket again after two years. The main aim was to try and help Australia to victory, and the challenge now is to back it up against South Africa," said Lyon.

"I want to play all three formats for Australia. I'm just always looking forward to the next opportunity. The main message I have received from the coaches is to work on my consistency. I have also been working on different variations, so it's currently a work in progress."

The talented 26-year-old is expected to be retained in an unchanged XI for Wednesday's showdown with the Proteas at the Harare Sports Club, unless the Australians opt for all-rounder Ben Cutting or an additional batsman in the left-handed Phil Hughes.

"South Africa are a world-class side, so it's going to be a great challenge. We need to put our best foot forward. There's no doubt they're going to target me, but I'm ready for it. It's a good opportunity for me to take some wickets," he concluded.

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