Lyon holds on to World Cup dream

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pear­ances, and his cruel ax­ing from the last World Cup squad, has al­ways been the hard­est thing for him to swal­low.

For all that he’s achieved in Test cricket since mak­ing his de­but in 2011, Lyon has only played 18 ODIs and has never played at the World Cup.

Now he’s been given a sec- ond chance, picked to play in the three-match se­ries against In­dia start­ing at the Syd­ney Cricket Ground to­day, and has no time to dwell in the past. “It is what it is,” he said. “I un­der­stood why I haven’t be­ing play­ing white ball cricket but I’ve got my op­por­tu­nity now so I just have to make sure I go out and take it with both hands. Like any crick­eter, you want to play at the high­est level against the best play­ers in the world un­der ex­treme pres­sure and that’s what the World Cup is. I ob­vi­ously haven’t been a part of one but it’s my dream so I re­ally hope I get the op­por­tu­nity.”

POINT TO PROVE: Aus­tralian crick­eter Nathan Lyon is hop­ing to im­press at the SCG in the one-day in­ter­na­tional. Pic­ture: BRETT COSTELLO

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