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The Ashes: Can Nathan Lyon make another Ashes Tour?

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon missed the majority of the most recent Ashes series due to a serious calf injury, but he is determined to return for another crack at England.

The 35-year-old has enjoyed an extraordinary career since being spotted when working on the groundstaff at the Adeliade Oval, taking 496 wickets in 122 Test matches.

Lyon has played 30 Ashes Tests, claiming 11 wickers at an average of 29.41, but can he add to that tally in the future, with the next visit to England scheduled for the summer of 2027?

Calf injury ends century run

Lyon was meant to celebrate a major landmark during the second Ashes Test at Lord’s in late June, but unfortunately his 100th consecutive Test appearance was ruined by him suffering a serious calf injury on day two.

Allan Border, Mark Waugh, Alastair Cook, Sunil Gavaskar and Brendon McCullum were the only previous players to have brought up a century of consecutive Test outings.

Australia overcame their loss to win by 43 runs, taking a 2-0 series lead, but the absence of Lyon for the remainder of the series was undoubtedly a major factor in England recovering to claim a 2-2 draw.

The Baggy Greens did retain the Ashes and are now unbeaten in the last four series against England, with Australia 1.66 to win the next meeting on home soil on 2025/26, with a drawn series priced at 5.50.

When the severity of the injury was revealed, many felt that that would mean the end of Lyon’s hopes to feature on another Ashes tour, but the veteran offie is not about to rule that prospect out just yet.

He told Cricket Australia: "It's probably made me hungrier than ever and it's the drive for me to get back and start getting better again.

"I've said previously that I want to win in India and want to win away in England, I haven't been able to do either of them. So, it looks like I've got to go round another cycle."

History is against Lyon's bid

Lyon will be a few months short of his 40th birthday when the next Ashes series in England ticks around and the last Australia player to tour the old rival at such an age was Lindsey Hassett back in 1953, while Don Bradman did likewise five years earlier.

Leg-spinner Bob Holland did feature in four Tests of the 1985 series in England at the age of 38, but he had been called up as an out-and-out veteran and did not have the miles in his legs that Lyon surely has after bowling more than 31,000 deliveries in the Test match arena.

So, the likelihood is that Lyon will be unable to keep going for the next tour of England, with the next visit to India earlier in the same year, 2027.

However, that is not the mindset Lyon has taken into his rehabilitation, adding: "I definitely know my skills can get better, that's what I'm chasing.

"And I'm pretty confident with all the work I'm doing rehab-wise, and all the gym stuff and the fitness side of things, that I'll be right.

"So, the drive's there mentally to get better and to keep going on."

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