In a brilliant analysis of Australia’s spin-bowling prospects in the upcoming Inside Cricket, Jason Krejza talks about the selectorial treatment of spinners in Australia, especially Nathan Lyon.
Krejza believes spinners are a dying breed due to many factors, but one of the biggest is lack of international games – in all forms.
“I’ve always thought Lyon should be picked more in one-dayers," he tells Inside Cricket. "As good as, say, Xavier Doherty might be, Lyon has been our best option.
"People forget he came through the ranks and made impressions from the shorter formats. Now we’re picking Glenn Maxwell as the all-rounder/spinner.
"I think that’s purely because we don’t have confidence in our spinners being in our best XI or 12. How does that make Lyon feel?
"He wants to play every game he can for Australia. Unless the wicket’s made of glass, you should definitely have a genuine spinner in your team.”
In the light of Lyon’s fantastic 4/10 in the Matador Cup, it’s hard to argue. He did, after all, come through the ranks via the short forms.
Lyon is Inside Cricket’s next cover, as we – and Jason Krejza – ask: is he getting a fair go?