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No spots guaranteed for the Ashes: Lyon

Australian offspinner Nathan Lyon says no spots are certain ahead of the Ashes despite coming off a career-best performance in Bangladesh.

No spots guaranteed for the Ashes: Lyon

Australian offspinner Nathan Lyon says no spots are certain ahead of the Ashes despite coming off a career-best performance in Bangladesh.

Nathan Lyon expects the annual call for Australia to play four pacemen at the Gabba to continue despite coming off a career-best series in Bangladesh.

The oft-maligned offspinner claimed 22 wickets in Bangladesh, but said there would still be speculation selectors would field four quicks at the Ashes series opener in Brisbane beginning on November 23.


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"I've played (six) Test matches there already and every Test match it is said 'four quicks'," Lyon said in Sydney on Friday morning.

Australia's most prolific offspinner said the group of tweakers around the country were also keeping him on his toes.

Finger spinner Ashton Agar returned to the Test side for the two matches against Bangladesh, while fellow left-armers Steve O'Keefe and Jon Holland and young legspinner Mitchell Swepson wait in the wings

"At the moment I'm probably getting hunted down by all the other spinners so I need to go out there and keep improving," Lyon said.

"There's no spot for certain."

The No.8 ranked Test match bowler said he was confident about the summer ahead after his success in Bangladesh.

"I'm very happy with where I'm sitting leading into the Ashes," the 29-year-old said.

It's a vastly different outlook from 12 months ago when Lyon's position in the side was regularly called into question after he struggled in the 3-0 series loss to Sri Lanka.

Lyon's haul of wickets in Bangladesh took him to 269 Test wickets, pushing ahead of the great Richie Benaud as Australia's second highest spin bowling wicket taker behind Shane Warne.

He was also just one wicket shy of Sri Lankan tweaker Rangana Herath's record for a two-Test series


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