New South Wales Blues off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been recalled to the Australian One-Day squad for the first time in nearly two years.

The Test spinner, and Australian and Blues teammate paceman Josh Hazlewood, have both been selected in a 15-man squad for the Qantas One-Day International Tour of England in June. 

Lyon is the most successful Australian Test off-spinner of all time with 306 wickets at 32.21, but has not featured for Australia in a limited-overs match since August 2016 when he played against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Cricket Australia National Selector Trevor Hohns said the tour offers Lyon and all players selected an opportunity to press their case for a spot in the squad for next year’s ICC World Cup in England.

“Nathan is our number one off-spinner and has excelled with the red ball, however he is not new to white ball cricket and deserves his chance to push for World Cup selection,” Hohns said.

“England potentially have a number of left-handers in their side and we look forward to seeing what he can produce with the white-ball in English conditions.”

Lyon was excellent for the Blues during their JLT One-Day Cup campaign in October last year. He collected nine wickets at the more than handy average of 27.22 which was then followed by an equally outstanding return throughout the 2017/18 Ashes series where he claimed 21 wickets at 29.23.

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The off-spinner has taken 17 One-Day International wickets from 13 matches at a good average of 34.82. At the domestic level, he has claimed 71 List A wickets at 33.64.

Hazlewood is currently ranked the third best One-Day International bowler according to ICC world rankings behind Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan and Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah.

The tall right-arm quick has taken 69 wickets at the impressive average of 24.27 throughout his One-Day International career to date and will again be pivotal to the Australian attack during the five-match one-day series in the United Kingdom. 

Test and Blues pacemen Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins were unavailable for selection due to injury.

Cricket Australia Bupa Support Staff Physiotherapist David Beakley said both bowlers will need a significant period of rehabilitation.

“Mitchell is going to undertake a pro-longed rehabilitation period for his tibial bone stress injury and we are aiming for a return to play for the Pakistan Test Series in the UAE,” Beakley said.

“Pat is still recovering from a lumbar bone stress injury. The good news is that it has not progressed to a fracture but he still requires a period of rehabilitation with an aim for him to return to play for the Pakistan Test series along with Starc.”

Tim Paine will captain the side throughout the five-match series which will be followed by one T20 International before the Australian T20 squad travels to Zimbabwe for a tri-series featuring the hosts and Pakistan.

One-Day International Squad

Tim Paine (c)


Aaron Finch (vc)


Ashton Agar

West Australia

Alex Carey

South Australia

Josh Hazlewood

New South Wales

Travis Head

South Australia

Nathan Lyon

New South Wales

Glenn Maxwell


Shaun Marsh

West Australia

Jhye Richardson

West Australia

Kane Richardson

South Australia

D’Arcy Short

West Australia

Billy Stanlake


Marcus Stoinis

West Australia

Andrew Tye

West Australia