Nathan Lyon wants Australia to enjoy cricket on challenging India tour Nathan Lyon wants Australia to enjoy cricket on challenging India tour Nathan Lyon, who has been named in the squad, said Australia have the ability to "compete against the best" in foreign conditions. advertisement February 9, 2019 UPDATED: February 9, 2019 09:17 IST Nathan Lyon said Australia have got the ability to "compete against the best" in foreign conditions (Reuters Photo) HIGHLIGHTS India and Australia will play 2 T20Is and 5 ODIs from February 24 Nathan Lyon has been named in the Australian squad for India tour "We get a great opportunity to play a lot of white-ball cricket before the World Cup," Lyon said
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has backed the Australian team to do well in the upcoming limited-overs series in India starting February 24. India and Australia will play two Twenty20 Internationals followed by five one day internationals.
Nathan Lyon, who has been named in the squad, said Australia have got the ability to "compete against the best" in foreign conditions.
"We get a great opportunity to play a lot of white-ball cricket before the World Cup so I think if we can go out and enjoy ourselves, make sure our preparation is right, then we can compete against the best in their conditions as well. It will be a great challenge for us, there's no point shying away from that. It's a great opportunity for a young side," Lyon was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
Coach Justin Langer has already said that the team travelling to India was not the final 2019 ICC World Cup squad.
Lyon will be taking part in the Big Bash League (BBL) for Sydney Sixers before flying to India and he believes his stint in the tournament would help him strengthen his chances of playing in the World Cup.
"Hopefully my World Cup campaign, my selection, will start on Sunday. I just need to keep putting in good performances with the ball and making sure I can play my role, whichever side I'm playing in whether that's the Sixers or Australia," Lyon said.
"I know my role in the Australian set-up with captain Aaron Finch, we just have to keep working on it and ensuring we are playing an exciting brand of cricket. There's a massive couple of goals just around the corner for the Australian side," he added.
Australia will open their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1.
Australia squad for India tour:
Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, D'Arcy Short
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