Lyon earns one-day recall

08 May 2018 21:18:24 GMTPlus11

Nathan Lyon has been recalled by Australia for next month’s one-day series against England.

Lyon won the last of his 14 white-ball caps nearly two years ago but returns to favour following the 4-1 thrashing by England in January. There were calls for the 30-year-old's return during that series on the back of his strong performances in The Ashes.

He last played for Australia in a one-day international against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2016 but returns to a 15-man squad, that will be led by Tim Paine in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, at an opportune time.

"Nathan is our number one off-spinner and has excelled with the red ball. However, he is not new to white ball cricket and deserves his chance to push for World Cup selection," said Australia's chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns.

"England potentially have a number of left-handers in their side and we look forward to seeing what he can produce with the white-ball in English conditions."

Two other members of last winter's Ashes attack, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, remain on the sidelines due to injury.

Australia physio David Beakley said: "Mitchell is going to undertake a prolonged rehabilitation period for his tibial bone stress injury and we are aiming for a return to play for the Pakistan Test Series in the UAE.

"Pat is still recovering from a lumbar bone stress injury. The good news is that it has not progressed to a fracture but he still requires a period of rehabilitation with an aim for him to return to play for the Pakistan Test series along with Starc."

Australia are 2.20 to win the 2019 Ashes series outright while England can be backed at 2.10.

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