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South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Durban

Lyon fined 15% for de Villiers incident

Mar 5, 2018: The Australia spinner did not contest the charge and is believed to have contacted AB de Villiers to apologise for his conduct

Daniel Brettig in Durban

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Durban, 4th day

New Australia, same old hostility

Mar 4, 2018: The 'pack of dogs' that Faf du Plessis spoke of four years ago was back in full force at Kingsmead, 'headbutting the line' in a manner more reminiscent of Zinedine Zidane than Jonny Bairstow

Daniel Brettig in Durban

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Durban, 2nd day

Marsh and Lyon script their Second Act

Mar 2, 2018: A little over 12 months ago, neither man was certain of his place in the Australian Test XI. Now, they have become immensely vital cogs

Daniel Brettig in Durban

Australia in South Africa 2018

Lyon awaits chance to shine on slow South Africa surfaces

Feb 27, 2018: The Australia offspinner is preparing to play a more central role in the forthcoming Test series, particularly because the hosts have requested slower surfaces to counter the spectre of the "big three" quicks

Daniel Brettig in Durban

Allan Border medal ceremony

Smith, Warner win big on Allan Border medal night

Feb 12, 2018: David Warner collected the ODI award while Aaron Finch won the award in T20Is. Jhye Richardson, the 21-year-old quick was named the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year

Daniel Brettig

Western Australia v New South Wales, Sheffield Shield 2017-18, Perth, 2nd day

Western Australia falter after Cartwright 78

Feb 9, 2018: New South Wales restricted Western Australia to a first-innings lead of only 11 but lost early wickets of their own to leave the Sheffield Shield match at the WACA Ground intriguingly poised

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia news

Lyon bids for World Cup spinner's berth

Jan 17, 2018: A match haul of 3 for 18 in the Big Bash on Tuesday was a reminder that the Australia offspinner can be valuable in limited-overs cricket as well

Daniel Brettig

Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers, BBL 2017-18, MCG

Lyon and Maddinson hand Stars a thrashing

Jan 16, 2018: The offspinner claimed three wickets while the opener smashed a 23-ball fifty to put the Melbourne Stars out of contention for the semi-finals

The Report by Daniel Brettig

Test bowling nominees

Turn, turn, turn

Jan 15, 2018: Seven of our top ten Test bowling performances of 2017 came from spinners. Who was the best?

Akshay Gopalakrishnan

England news

Strauss to consider £3 million 'spin fund'

Jan 10, 2018: New measures needed to identify and nurture spin-bowling talent, says John Emburey, after failure to compete in Ashes

Daniel Brettig

Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney

Moeen facing Lyon: nine innings, seven wickets

Jan 7, 2018: Moeen Ali was a walking wicket against Nathan Lyon this Ashes

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney

Lyon's share recalls Warne impact

Jan 7, 2018: Expectation rises whenever Nathan Lyon takes the ball, and England have largely been worried out of attacking him

Daniel Brettig at Sydney

A super year for spinners, captains, and Test results

Jan 5, 2018: For the first time in Test history, spinners took more than 600 wickets in a calendar year, while Steven Smith and Virat Kohli led a run-fest for captains in 2017

S Rajesh


Look ma, it's the Ashes

Jan 4, 2018: Australia had a fair few things to be unhappy about last year, but winning against England made up for all of them

Brydon Coverdale

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 2nd day

Australia blunted on day of toil

Dec 27, 2017: With Mitchell Starc missing and Pat Cummins unwell, Australia's attack struggled to make an impact having failed to add customary lower-order runs

Daniel Brettig at the MCG

The Ashes 2017-18

Lyon best spinner in the world - Davison

Dec 9, 2017: John Davison, mentor to Australia offspinner Nathan Lyon, believes improved batting performances from Australia have also aided the spinner's success after a difficult period last year

Daniel Brettig in Perth

Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 3rd day

Lyon goes from cult hero to real hero

Dec 4, 2017: For many years a support act, then last summer a novelty, Nathan Lyon has become very much the main attraction this summer

Daniel Brettig in Adelaide

The briefing

The saviour, the protecter, the butthead and the bully

Dec 2, 2017: The month of November was all about the stars of yet another glorious Ashes series

Andrew Fidel Fernando

Why Nathan Lyon is special

Dec 1, 2017: Fingerspinners have generally struggled in Australia, but Nathan Lyon has been a glorious exception

S Rajesh

England's wheels are not off but they're loosened

Nov 29, 2017: They couldn't match fire with fire in Brisbane, or spin with spin. And they had no answers for the Steven Smith question

Mark Nicholas
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