Sport Cricket ODI squad: Lyon in luck, Hughes misses again

ODI squad: Lyon in luck, Hughes misses again

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Spin bowler Nathan Lyon returns to Australia’s one-day set-up after a two-year absence for this month’s cricket tri-series in Zimbabwe.

Lyon was on Monday named in a 14-man squad for the tour, which includes four matches plus a final on September 6.

The 26-year-old has only played two ODIs – his last against West Indies in March 2012.

“Nathan has done very well in Test match cricket but first came under notice through his performances in short form cricket,” selector Rod Marsh said in statement.

“He bowled well in last year’s Ryobi Cup and having not played an ODI since early 2012, the NSP (national selection panel) is keen to see him in action again.”

Allrounders Mitch Marsh, Ben Cutting and seam bowler Kane Richardson earned spots in the squad thanks to their recent form for Australia A in Darwin.

But batsman Phil Hughes has missed out despite his history-making double century against South Africa A last week.

Marsh’s recall comes on the strength of his recent bowling.

“He’s capable of opening the bowling or coming on through the middle overs and can do so with good pace which is pleasing,” Rod Marsh said.

“It’s the sign of a true allrounder if they can be in the side for either their bowling or batting and he is certainly getting close to that which is great for Australian cricket.”

The squad will go into camp in Brisbane from August 16, before departing for their first tour of Zimbabwe in a decade on August 20.

Australian ODI squad: Michael Clarke (c), George Bailey (vc), Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Shane Watson