Lyon intent on changing selectors' minds

Test offspinner Nathan Lyon says representing Australia in all three formats remains his goal.
Test offspinner Nathan Lyon says representing Australia in all three formats remains his goal.

Nathan Lyon insists it's up to him to force his way back into Australia's limited-overs sides, as he gets another chance to drive home the point in the Prime Minister's XI's T20 clash with England.

The star offspinner, who will captain the PM's XI on Friday night, has been overlooked for Australia's struggling one-day international and T20 sides, despite superb Test and domestic white-ball form.

"The ball is in my court, if I'm being honest. If I go out and perform well and make the selectors make a hard choice, as a professional cricketer, that's my job," Lyon said on Thursday in Canberra.

Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said the door hadn't shut for Lyon after Australia's embarrassing 4-1 home ODI series defeat to England.

He hasn't represented the national side in T20s for two years, played his last ODI in September 2016.

That's despite growing calls for the 30-year-old's recall after a starring role in winning back the Ashes before performing strongly for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League.

While Lyon denied his snubbing was frustrating, he reiterated his goal to represent his country in all three formats.

"I'm not really worried about trying to prove anything," Lyon said.

"I'm just really focused on making sure if I'm bowling pink ball, white ball, red ball, whatever ball it is, I'm going out there and performing well and doing my job for the side."

Lyon returns to Manuka Oval, where he had once worked as a curator before his meteoric rise to becoming Australia's most successful offspinner.

He will take charge of one of the strongest PM's XI outfits in recent years.

While Test-capped allrounder Moises Henriques (side strain) and Brisbane Heat quick Brendan Doggett (ankle) have been ruled out, the team still boasts seven players with international experience.

Sydney Thunder duo Gurinder Sandhu and Kurtis Patterson replace the injured duo in the XI which includes wicketkeeper Peter Nevill and fellow Test discard Peter Handscomb.

Allrounder James Faulkner is proven on the international stage, while in-form batsman Nic Maddinson is coming off a strong BBL.

Prime Minister's XI: Nathan Lyon (capt), Sean Abbott, James Faulkner, Sebastian Gotch, Peter Handscomb, Daniel Hughes, Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Kurtis Patterson, Gurinder Sandhu, Mitchell Swepson.