Prime Ministers XI v England
Willey shrugs off Lyon's 34-run over
Nathan Lyon backed to respond after he was hit for five consecutive sixes at Manuka Oval
3 February 2018, 01:33 PM AEST
Being smashed for 34 in one over will do nothing to shake Nathan Lyon's determination to represent Australia in all three formats, says Prime Minister's XI teammate Peter Handscomb.
The first five balls of Lyon's second over in Friday's tour match in Canberra sailed over the ropes after England allrounder David Willey was promoted to open the batting and delivered a sublime display.
Much to the disappointment of the Manuka Oval crowd, the final ball was sliced through the covers for four, denying them a chance to witness the rare feat of six sixes in an over.
Lyon, who was captaining the PM's XI, didn't return to the attack as England cruised to an eight-wicket victory with 44 balls to spare.
Handscomb, who has played 12 Tests alongside Lyon, brushed off any suggestion it would damage the star off-spinner's confidence as he tries to prove to selectors he can perform at the highest level in limited-overs cricket.
And he said Lyon's ability to rise above adversity has played a key role in his rise to being a key part of Australia's lethal Test attack.
"He's not going to be worried about one over," Handscomb said.
"I wouldn't be too worried about bouncing back. He's the greatest (Australian) off-spinner of all time so he's doing just fine."
The man behind the demolition job was also effusive about Lyon, insisting the carnage was part and parcel of Twenty20 cricket.
"Sometimes you bowl well and go the distance, and other times you can bowl pretty poorly and pick up wickets. That's just the nature of Twenty20 cricket," Willey said.
"There's no doubt he's an unbelievable bowler, his record and success shows that."
It's the second time this summer that Lyon has been taken for a big over. In October's JLT One-Day Cup, South Australia's Alex Ross hit 32 off the off-spinner, hitting four sixes and two fours.
Lyon has been on the outer of Australia's white-ball teams for most his time as the country's leading Test spinner.
He spoke earlier this week about his desire to break away from his current standing as a Test-only bowler and play all three formats for Australia.
"That's part of my personal goals, so it's up to me," he said. "The ball's in my court.
"I (have to) go out and perform well and make the selectors make a hard choice. As a professional cricketer, that's my job."