Ashes 2013: Nathan Lyon sets sights on regaining place as Australia's No 1 spinner

Last Updated: 24/07/13 5:41pm

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Nathan Lyon: Dropped despite career-best figures in India

Nathan Lyon: Dropped despite career-best figures in India

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Nathan Lyon is determined to force his way back into Australia's Ashes plans with a strong performance against Sussex this week.

The off-spinner was a surprise omission from the side for the opening two contests of the series despite claiming career-best figures of 7-94 in the fourth Test in India in March.

Australia opted for 19-year-old left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, who celebrated his Test debut with a memorable 98 batting at No 11 in the first Test at Trent Bridge but he has taken only two wickets in 84 overs in the series.

"I believe my best ball can get the best batters in the world out. The thing is that I have to keep doing that over and over and over."
Nathan Lyon

Both Lyon and Agar have been selected for the three-day tour match at Hove starting on Friday, while fellow spinner Ashton Turner will make his first-class debut.

"It's not easy to cop when you're playing Test match cricket," Lyon said of his omission at Trent Bridge.

"To be left out of the Australian team for an Ashes Test match is not that easy to take but that comes down to the personality of the person. I believe you still have to give for the team.

"I'm just trying to put the ball into the same spot and trying to get some good drop and bounce. I'm really happy with the way they're coming out, actually. Best I've bowled in a long time.

"I believe my best ball can get the best batters in the world out. The thing is that I have to keep doing that over and over and over.

"I'm thinking about that every cricket game, definitely. I'm definitely ready. I'll have to come out at Hove and bowl well and enjoy it firstly and really get this momentum swinging around for Australia."

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