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VICTORIA BITTER ODI SERIES V INDIA

Lyon back in Australian gold for one-day team

18 January 2016

Test off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been rewarded for his outstanding form with a recall to face India in Canberra and Sydney

Nathan Lyon has been recalled to Australia's ODI squad for the final two matches of the VB Series against India, with David Warner also returning after parental leave.

Lyon hasn't represented Australia in 50-over cricket since Australia's tour of the UAE to play Pakistan in October 2014, but the off-spinner has constantly stated his ambition to play all three forms of the game for his country.

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As well as coming into his own as a Test player, Lyon was outstanding with the white ball in his limited opportunities for the beleaguered Sydney Sixers this summer, taking 5-23 against the Hobart Hurricanes.

In the Matador One-Day Cup last October, the 28-year-old took eight wickets at 30 in seven outings, conceding five runs an over.

CA's National Selector Rod Marsh said: "We are delighted to welcome back David Warner for the remaining matches of the Victoria Bitter ODI Series following his absence on paternity leave for games two and three.

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"Our choice of Nathan Lyon comes off the back of good form in the KFC BBL and we decided the time is right to have another look at him in the shorter forms of the game.

"Both Usman Khawaja and Joel Paris now become available for their BBL clubs. We have told them to go back to those clubs and demand we select them again through outstanding performances."

Warner returns to the side after missing the second and third matches of the series due to the birth of his second child.

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Joel Paris and Usman Khawaja make way for the pair, with the former to return to the Perth Scorchers for their KFC Big Bash final against Melbourne Stars on Friday night, and the latter hoping the Thunder claim fourth place so he can take on the Strikers on Thursday night in Adelaide.

Players selected for matches four and five of the ODI series will not be available to their BBL clubs for the remainder of BBL|05.

Australia: Steve Smith (c), Aaron Finch, David Warner, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, John Hastings, Scott Boland, Kane Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh.

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Adam Burnett is senior news editor of bigbash.com.au. He previously wrote for and edited at Inside Cricket magazine and The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia and The Telegraph and The Guardian in the UK.

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