South Australia off-spinner, Nathan Lyon, has been called up to the Australia Test squad after just four first-class matches.
Can we be the first to brand him ‘the next Shane Warne’? You have to get that in early with your Aussie spinners these days, what with the rapid turnover and all.
Despite this, you’ll note that we’ve opted not to add a new ‘Nathan Lyon’ category to the site. Even though we have absolute conviction that he will go on to become one of the all-time greats of the game, we can’t just continue adding categories every time Australia pick a new spinner – site structure would quickly get out of hand.
Andrew Hilditch used his “X may be a surprise selection, but he impressed all who have seen him in the last year” speech when announcing Lyon’s selection. He did well to remember to replace the X with a name and even better to remember he was back at ‘Nathan’ after ‘Xavier’, ‘Michael’ and ‘Jason’.
Update: Australian spinners given Cricket Australia contracts this year: Doherty, Hauritz, Krejza and Smith. Australian spinners in the Test squad for the Sri Lanka tour: Nathan Lyon and Michael Beer.
We’re starting to think that Australian spin selection is actually a very complex post-modern joke.
Fine by us.