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Lyon ready for English county debut

03 May 2017

Sixers off-spinner Nathan Lyon is heading to England for his first taste of county cricket.

Sixers Big Bash League off-spinner Nathan Lyon is off to Worcestershire in England for his first-ever taste of county cricket.

After missing out on selection in Australia's ICC Champions Trophy squad, Lyon will replace compatriot John Hastings at New Road.

Pace bowler Hastings was selected in Australia's Champions Trophy team alongside Sixers Moises Henriques, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc.

"Exciting times ahead replacing the big man [Hastings]," Lyon wrote on Twitter. "Can't wait to get over there!"

After finishing BBL|06 with the Sixers in the Final at the WACA, Lyon linked up with the Australian side and played in all four Tests of Australia's Tour of India.

In the second Test in Bengaluru, Lyon took his best ever Test figures of 8/50 in a first innings rout of the hosts and Lyon's experience at the top level impressed his new county side.

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"The good thing for Worcestershire supporters is we have replaced a top international with another top international cricketer," said Steve Rhodes, Worcestershire's director of cricket.

"He is the number one international spinner in Australia at the moment and just had recent success in India.

"Nathan is a very respected off spinner and we are looking forward to him joining us and replacing John for the time he is away."

Former Sixers teammate and the Club's Official Ambassador Steve Smith played for Worcestershire CCC in 2011.

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