Not very long ago, Australia’s national selector Mark Waugh had insisted Nathan Lyon was making a strong case for himself to be included in the limited-overs squad.
Waugh had said Lyon was bowling “too well to ignore” and had gone on to insist that the off-spinner is not considered as a Test specialist.
Waugh’s comment had come during the recently-concluded ODI series against England which the reigning world champions lost 4-1. Lyon enjoyed a stunning outing in the Ashes and continued his hot form in the ongoing Big Bash League too, picking up seven wickets at 13.423 in four matches for Sydney Sixers. His economy is even more impressive, as he has conceded at a rate of just 5.87.
And perhaps to see whether the Test specialist was ready for limited-overs action, Lyon was made the captain of a Prime Minister’s XI to take on England in a warm-up T20 game.
The off-spinner, however, failed to grab the opportunity, conceding as many as 43 runs off just two overs, as England won the game by eight wickets on Friday.
Lyon conceded nine off his first over before being hit for five consecutive sixes and a four by England’s makeshift opener, David Willey.
Here is a clip showing Willey taking Lyon to the cleaners:
Coming to the game, Willey scored 79 off just 36 balls to help England chase down a modest 137 with 44 deliveries to spare.
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