Nathan Lyon ‘definitely’ looking to feature for Australia at 2019 World Cup
Nathan Lyon took one wicket in two ODIs during the 0-5 loss to England and has not featured since. @Getty

The offspinner Nathan Lyon has spoken of his desire to play the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup as Australia’s selectors attempt to identify the specialist slow bowlers to take to England next summer.

Lyon, 30, played the last of his 15 ODIs in June having been handed a chance in the format after nearly two years. He took one wicket in two ODIs during the 0-5 loss to England and has not featured since; last week Lyon was rested from Australia’s T20I squad with the selectors choosing to keep him and three other key players fresh for the start of the home Test series against India in early December.

Asked whether he was targeting a recall for next summer’s showcase event, Lyon said: “Definitely. I had a really good chat to the selectors about the ODI stuff and the T20 stuff as well. I know where I sit with the white-ball cricket and I had a big focus on this Test series, we know how big it is playing against the best guys in the world and the best side in the world.

“It’s just like Mitchell Marsh doing the same thing making sure he is getting some runs. I’m just making sure that we’re ready to go come Test cricket, and I’m getting enough overs under my belt.”

Australia have fielded three frontline spinners in ODI cricket over the past two years. The legspin of young Adam Zampa has been favoured the most times (15 ODIs), followed by left-arm spinner Ashton Agar (six) and Lyon twice this past summer. Zampa has claimed 14 wickets at 55.71 in those 15 ODIs, conceding runs at 6.17 per over. Agar has six wickets at 59.50 with a better economy of 5.85. Lyon has the best economy rate (4.11) but his strike-rate was 102 in England.

The part-time spin of Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head has been called on when Australia have played an all-out pace attack. Australia, who recently loss an unprecedented seven successive ODIs and on Sunday slumped to their 18th loss in 21 matches, have 13 more ODIs until the start of the 2019 World Cup.