Lyon vows to become Australia's best spinner in every format

Nathan Lyon has declared he wants to become Australia's number one spinner across all three formats and vowed to force his way in on form.

Lyon has been named the Prime Minister's XI captain and said he wants to use the match against England to springboard his return to the national Twenty20 side.

Australia's greatest ever off-spinner played a star role in regaining the Ashes this summer after snaring 21 wickets at 29, more scalps than any English bowler.

But the selectors continue to snub Lyon in the shorter formats with the last of 13 One Day Internationals played in August 2016 and his only T20 match for Australia was almost two years ago.

Steve Smith and David Warner are the only Australian players picked in all three formats and Lyon is determined to join them - emphasising he won't relinquish his spot if given another opportunity.

"I want to play in every format of the game for Australia and play as much as I can for Australia because the more I play, the better off I am," Lyon said.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge to put my hand up for selection, the ball is in my court, if I go out and perform then I'll help the selectors make the decision... it's up to me to play well.

Lyon is playing the best cricket of his career but the 30-year-old believes he can take his cricket to another level and that he's the man for the job in all three formats.

"I'd like to think my career-best form is just around the corner somewhere but I'm very happy with the way I'm bowling and confident the way it's coming out of the hand - it's a good place to be," Lyon said.

"If I ever get the opportunity to play white ball cricket for Australia again I'll definitely put my hand up and try to make that spot my own.

"That's my personal goal, to be the number one spinner in all three formats for Australia, I know I have a lot of work to do but that's one of my goals."

Australia will tour South Africa next month where Lyon will look to become just the sixth Australian to take 300 Test wickets.

"It's going to be an unbelievable challenge over there, we've just come off a great Test summer here but that's going to be massive challenge with two great bowling attacks going head to head," Lyon said.

"Obviously that milestone for myself would be an unbelievable achievement but for me it's team first and if we're all doing our job then personal milestones will come."

Lyon said it was an honour to follow in the footsteps of cricket legends and captain the PM's XI in their match at Manuka Oval on February 2.

"It's a tremendous honour to be selected as the PM's XI captain and be alongside the likes of past greats Brett Lee, Michael Hussey, Ricky Ponting and Chris Rogers," Lyon said.

"I've captained one Shield game but like to think I've learnt a lot under Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and Steve Smith, so it's a massive honour and opportunity."

The match will reflect a rags to riches story for Lyon who was a curator at Manuka Oval before cracking the professional ranks and eight years later will rub shoulder with the Prime Minister at the same ground.

"Manuka holds a special place with me and to be able to head back there and captain the Prime Minister's side against the English is massive and something I'll look back on as one my fondest moments in my career," Lyon said.

"It's a great game and opportunity for the ACT to come see some professional cricketers running around doing their thing and hopefully we get a decent crowd to cheer us on."

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