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Clarke questions CA’s decision to limit Lyon’s county stint in a puzzling move

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has expressed concerns over Cricket Australia’s decision to limit Nathan Lyon’s County Championship matches. Lyon, 36, initially signed up to play the entire 2024 season with Lancashire but will now only feature in red-ball games, reducing his appearances to seven matches.

“We’ve seen in his career he’s a much better bowler the more he bowls,” said Clarke on ESPN’s Around The Wicket show. Former player Callum Ferguson also criticized the decision, emphasizing the benefit of Lyon playing a full season with the Dukes ball to prepare for future Ashes series.

After Lyon bowled just two overs on his County Championship debut, Lancashire had to bring in Chris Green as a replacement for T20 Blast. Lyon is now set to return to Test cricket action when India tours Australia for a five-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy series, beginning in Perth on November 22.

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