Spinner Lyon considering county stint


Australia spinner Nathan Lyon is considering a move to play English county cricket after he wasn't selected for the World T20, starting in India in March.

Lyon is Australia's number one Test slow bowler but the Aussies do not have another series in the longest format until July when they go on a three-match tour to Sri Lanka.

The 28 year-old offspinner said he would consider his options and what is the best way to prepare for the Sri Lanka Tests, where he will play a key role on the slow subcontinent surfaces.

Lyon told Cricket Australia's website: "I possibly would look at it (county cricket) but we've got a Test series in Sri Lanka in July-August.

"That's going to be dead set in the middle of the county season so I might take that time off to get fit, get some kilometres under the legs again and then have a little bit of time away from the game also."

Lyon is also convinced that he is more than a red-ball bowler and is determined to put his hand up and add to his 10 ODIs and one T20I appearance.

He said: "I want to play every white ball game that I can possibly play for Australia. Our careers seem long, but they're only a short time of your life so I want to try and enjoy that and play as much cricket as I can.

"If that's red ball cricket only, or if that's white ball, pink ball and red ball then who knows. I want to play every game that I possibly can so I just have to keep going out there and performing well, keep putting my hand up for selection.

"Everyone knows I want to play all three formats but it's up to the selectors to choose the best side that they think is going to win that series."