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Two spinners the norm at World Cup: Lyon

Nathan Lyon believes every nation will boast two frontline spinners at the World Cup, backing himself to fire alongside Adam Zampa.

Two spinners the norm at World Cup: Lyon

Nathan Lyon believes every nation will boast two frontline spinners at the World Cup, backing himself to fire alongside Adam Zampa.

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Nathan Lyon expects every side at the World Cup to boast two spinners, including Australia.

Lyon is one of many players in the current touring party unsure as to whether they'll be included in the 15-man squad that must be submitted by April 23.


Australia's most prolific Test offspinner was overlooked for the first three games on the current tour of India but returned for Tuesday's one-dayer in Nagpur, logging figures of 1-42.

Lyon, legspinner Adam Zampa and offspinning allrounder Glenn Maxwell each bowled their allotment of overs on that two-paced dry pitch.

It's believed to be the first time that Australia have delivered 30 overs of spin in an ODI.

In sharp contrast, the defending champions selected frontline spinner Xavier Doherty just once during their 2015 World Cup triumph.

Pace is likely to be Australia's go-to weapon again in their World Cup defence.

However, coach Justin Langer made it clear earlier this year that Lyon and Zampa could possibly bowl in tandem during the 50-over showpiece in England.

"You always want to play in the big tournaments and I've never had the opportunity to play in a World Cup. It's definitely on my bucket list," Lyon said in Ranchi, where the third ODI starts at 7pm AEDT on Friday.

"I do believe two spinners in a squad is going to play a massive role, especially in the UK. I dare say nearly every side in the World Cup will be playing two spinners."

Tweakers Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid have both played a key role in England's emergence as World Cup favourites, while India will also use at least two spinners at the event.

Lyon is yet to speak with Langer or chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns, who is also in India and finalising a squad for this month's ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE, about whether they hold the same opinion.

"I'm very confident with where my skill level is at. I know if I get the opportunity, I'm confident I can get the job done for Australia," Lyon said.

"We've got three more ODIs here, then five in Dubai. There's going to be a great opportunity for players to put their hand up."

Lyon was happy with how he performed in Nagpur, also praising Zampa and Maxwell's efforts in bowling India out for 250.

"The three of us bowled really well together," he said.

"The way Glenn Maxwell bowled was outstanding.

"I've got a really good relationship with Zamps.

"I've really enjoyed bowling with him in the nets and especially the other night in the game - I think we can complement each other really well."

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