Australia news January 30, 2012

Injured Lyon out for two to three weeks

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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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  • POSTED BY Meety 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.

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    aiyaa jolly good news for india lol

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang 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...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang 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...

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | January 31, 2012, 20:47 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY flightedchinaman 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY SirBobJones 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.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | January 31, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    WOW , JUST WKTS IN ONE INNINGS THAT TOO AGAINST A OPPOSITION WHICH DON'T HAS ANY INTEREST TO PLAY THE MATCH FOR FULL 5 DAYS & HE IS TREATED LIKE WARNE . LOL . JUST WAIT UNTIL YOU ARRIVE IN INDIA NEXT YEAR .

  • POSTED BY Meety 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.

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    aiyaa jolly good news for india lol

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang 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...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang 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...

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | January 31, 2012, 20:47 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY flightedchinaman 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY SirBobJones 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.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | January 31, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    WOW , JUST WKTS IN ONE INNINGS THAT TOO AGAINST A OPPOSITION WHICH DON'T HAS ANY INTEREST TO PLAY THE MATCH FOR FULL 5 DAYS & HE IS TREATED LIKE WARNE . LOL . JUST WAIT UNTIL YOU ARRIVE IN INDIA NEXT YEAR .

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | January 31, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    @ANDREW CHUBB . IT WA NOT GREAT BOWLING AGAINST TENDUKAR . SACHIN WAS IN TOO MUCH PRESEEURE FROM MEDIA & THERE ARE TALKS OF SEHWAG -DHONI CLASH . THAT 'S WHY HE WA TOO DEFENSIVE . OTHER WISE YOUR LYON WOULD HAVE EASILY HANDLED BY HIM .

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 30, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    @zenboomerang - I would imagine the fact that Boyce is a leg-spinner & all the other bowlers you noted are offies (left & right) is the reason why they are interested in him. His form has been good in Shield, the 8th leading wicket taker this season, only 22 & on the improve.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | January 30, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    go for beer. beer is the best spinner of aus.

  • POSTED BY on | January 30, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    I hope Nathan gets back to fitness soon - he's a great find. Great bowling in that last test and to out-fool Tendulkar - well done Nathan Lyon!

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | January 30, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Yes, Lyon looked to be straining in the series but didn't know why - explains a lot... Hope it recovers quickly... Not sure why Boyce gets the spinning duties ahead of O'Keefe, Maxwell, Krejza - surely all should be looking to get international matches under their belt or are the selectors asleep again?...

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | January 30, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    and still carved them up to wrap up the most dominant series in the recent memory. many could learn from nathan lyon. inspirational

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 30, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Works out well (except for missing Shield games). I'd prefer Lyon not be considered for ODIs. Happy for Doherty to be the man, & it shows the selectors are really interested in Boyce!

  • POSTED BY Nightwing32 on | January 30, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    At least he'll be there for the Windies tour.

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  • POSTED BY Nightwing32 on | January 30, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    At least he'll be there for the Windies tour.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 30, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Works out well (except for missing Shield games). I'd prefer Lyon not be considered for ODIs. Happy for Doherty to be the man, & it shows the selectors are really interested in Boyce!

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | January 30, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    and still carved them up to wrap up the most dominant series in the recent memory. many could learn from nathan lyon. inspirational

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | January 30, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Yes, Lyon looked to be straining in the series but didn't know why - explains a lot... Hope it recovers quickly... Not sure why Boyce gets the spinning duties ahead of O'Keefe, Maxwell, Krejza - surely all should be looking to get international matches under their belt or are the selectors asleep again?...

  • POSTED BY on | January 30, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    I hope Nathan gets back to fitness soon - he's a great find. Great bowling in that last test and to out-fool Tendulkar - well done Nathan Lyon!

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | January 30, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    go for beer. beer is the best spinner of aus.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 30, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    @zenboomerang - I would imagine the fact that Boyce is a leg-spinner & all the other bowlers you noted are offies (left & right) is the reason why they are interested in him. His form has been good in Shield, the 8th leading wicket taker this season, only 22 & on the improve.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | January 31, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    @ANDREW CHUBB . IT WA NOT GREAT BOWLING AGAINST TENDUKAR . SACHIN WAS IN TOO MUCH PRESEEURE FROM MEDIA & THERE ARE TALKS OF SEHWAG -DHONI CLASH . THAT 'S WHY HE WA TOO DEFENSIVE . OTHER WISE YOUR LYON WOULD HAVE EASILY HANDLED BY HIM .

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | January 31, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    WOW , JUST WKTS IN ONE INNINGS THAT TOO AGAINST A OPPOSITION WHICH DON'T HAS ANY INTEREST TO PLAY THE MATCH FOR FULL 5 DAYS & HE IS TREATED LIKE WARNE . LOL . JUST WAIT UNTIL YOU ARRIVE IN INDIA NEXT YEAR .

  • POSTED BY SirBobJones 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.