The Ashes: My goal is to play all three formats, says Nathan Lyon

Nathan Lyon was left out of the first two Ashes Tests but returned to the line-up in the third at Old Trafford, where he picked just one wicket. He went on to prove his mettle in the fourth Test in Durham by picking seven wickets. That was followed by a three-wicket haul on day one of a two-day tour fixture against the England Lions in Northampton on Friday (August 16).

updated: August 17, 2013 10:48 IST
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Nathan Lyon, the Australian offspinner, has outlined his goal of featuring in all three formats of the game after being left out of the national squad for the limited-overs series against England and Scotland starting August 29.

Australia's 18-man squad features only one specialist spinner in Fawad Ahmed, the uncapped legspinner, which means Lyon will return home to play for his new state side, New South Wales, following the conclusion of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval.

Lyon's ODI career hasn't quite taken off since his debut in February 2012. With just two One-Day Internationals under his belt, the last of which came in March 2012, Lyon's reputation of being a bowler for the longer formats, where he has 84 wickets from 24 Tests, has gained steam. But that hasn't stopped him from harbouring thoughts of featuring in the 2015 World Cup at home.

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