Lehmann: Lyon won't be squeezed out

09 September 2017 19:07:08 GMTPlus10

Australia coach Darren Lehmann says Nathan Lyon's place in his Ashes squad is safe.

There will be plenty of hype surrounding the "Big Four" fast bowlers in the side - Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson.

But Lyon's form makes him a certain pick for the series, according to Lehmann.

Nathan is going to play. There's no doubt about that,

Darren Lehmann

The off-spinner starred on the two-Test tour of Bangladesh, grabbing a staggering 22 wickets. That was just one scalp away from the all-time record for a two-match series.

He ended with 13 in Australia's seven-wicket win in Chittagong, and Lehmann said the 29-year-old had cemented his status as a leader in the current Test side.

"We changed the set-up of the side 12 months ago and we've had a lot of young guys come in the group," added the coach. "He's had to take a next step as a leader so really pleased with the way he's gone about that."

Australia have indicated they're open to playing all members of the Big Four in the one side, but Lehmann confirmed Lyon would not be squeezed out of the side if that happened.

"Nathan is going to play. There's no doubt about that," he said.

With Hazlewood, Starc and Pattinson all recovering from injury, it leaves Cummins as the only fit member of the quartet of quicks two months out from the first Test at the Gabba.

He shouldered the load in Bangladesh as Australia's sole quick for the majority of the series after Hazlewood was struck down with a side strain during the first Test.

Australia are 1.01 to win the Ashes series, with England 251.00.

Australia are 126.00 to win the series 5-0.

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