Australia news January 30, 2012

Injured Lyon out for two to three weeks


The offspinner Nathan Lyon is expected to miss at least the next two Sheffield Shield matches for South Australia due to a thigh injury. Lyon carried the problem through the Test series against India and he was still able to perform well enough to take four wickets in the final innings in Adelaide, but Cricket Australia's medical staff want him to rest and allow the injury to heal.

"Nathan Lyon has been carrying a right thigh muscle strain for the majority of the Test series against India," Australia's physio Alex Kountouris said. "This injury has gradually become worse throughout the course of the series and has come to a point where he needs a break to allow it to heal. He will undergo a rehabilitation program and we anticipate his return to cricket in the next two to three weeks."

Lyon took seven wickets - five of which came in the last Test - at an average of 41.57 against India and he is expected to play an important role in April's Test tour of the Caribbean, where the wickets are often slow. The injury meant he was unavailable for selection in Australia's one-day squad, but he was unlikely to be chosen anyway, with Xavier Doherty the preferred spinner in the short format.

He was also ruled out of Friday's Prime Minister's XI match against Sri Lanka in Canberra, where he was replaced by the Queensland legspinner Cameron Boyce. He would have missed the Redbacks next Shield match due to the PM's XI contest, but is now likely to miss the following Shield match as well, against Victoria starting on February 13.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Andrew on February 2, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    @zenboomerang - I dunno whether Maxwell is rated, (by the selectors/"experts") as a genuine spin specialist or an allrounder. As for the economy rate, I think it depends on how he is being used. Under Lehman's coaching which would be close to the Warne School of Captaincy, Boyce has been used aggressively to get wickets, & its almost been a case of to hell with the runs. I am very much a pro-SO'K supporter & dunno why he is overlooked for more than just T20, I am happy for Boyce to get a go for what the match is, fairly low profile. I'll never understand how SO'K went from technically the next in line for a test spot (as indirectly confirmed by M Hughes), to being usurped by Beer, when O'Keefe had a fine all-round game against the all conquering Poms last year in Hobart. As for (flightedchinamen re: SO'K) - List A's are definately his worst format. So the question is, is his List A an anomoly or are his FC stats? I think the former.

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    aiyaa jolly good news for india lol

  • Roo on February 1, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    @Meety... Thanks Meety... I like Boyce & a different option in a bowler & don't mind him having a go - just if I picked the PM XI team I would have preferred someone else... His bad economy rate (4.27) is only beaten by the 38th leading wicket taker this season... Maxwell (2.81) averages nearly 1.5 less runs per over, O'Keefe (2.06) - its not always about taking wickets but tying up an end... In the future I can see a 4-man pace attack with either Maxwell or O'Keefe batting at no.6/7... Just need a good no.3 now...

  • Roo on February 1, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    @flightedchinaman... Worse case of using stats I've ever seen... Using O'Keefe's FC averages shows him having a bowling average of 25.55 & economy 2.67 then batting @ 37.05... Boyce average of 41.96 & economy 3.78 then batting @12.52...

  • Randolph on January 31, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    Its hard to split ajmal and lyon. Both sensational. Lets hope he gets better soon.

  • Peterincanada on January 31, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    @rahulcricket007- Lyon did o.k. in Sri Lanka. In Aus he was carrying an injury. Besides, how many of those great Indian players of spin will be around next year.

  • Isaac on January 31, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    For everyone who wants Steve O'Keefe lets look at his List A numbers. From 32 matches he has produced only 15 wickets at an average of nearly 67 with an economy rate over 5 runs per over (striking every 79.6 balls - so not even in a 10 over spell will he get a wicket according to that). Not what you want from your ODI spinner. Perhaps Cricket Australia don't want Steve O'Keefe - clearly they are selecting Lyon, Doherty and now Boyce because that's where they see potential. Honestly he played some good cricket in the T20I's but i don't know why so many people are obsessed with him, maybe it's because of his blonde tips in his hair.

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Why is Xavier Doherty the preferred spinner over Nathan Lyon, who made his name in limited overs cricket. Makes no sense to me. Cannot understand why the selectors continue to completely ignore Steve O'Keefe either.

  • Bob on January 31, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    I was impressed with Beer's Big Bash performance but I wouldn't pick him for the tests. I'd go with Hauritz or Krejza.

  • rahul on January 31, 2012, 5:13 GMT


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