‘No line in sand’: Nathan Lyon might play on until 2027

Joel Gould |

Nathan Lyon is not planning on the upcoming Ashes series being his last as there are personal and team goals yet to achieve in his stellar Test career.

The 35-year-old offspinner will contest his fourth tour of England next month with 482 wickets in 119 Tests behind him.

England legend James Anderson is still going at the age of 40 and Lyon refused to rule out returning to the UK in 2027 for another crack.

That is also the year Australia next visits India, and Lyon is yet to achieve his dream in that challenging environment.

“There is no line in the sand. I am not saying I want to get so many wickets and then be calling it quits,” Lyon told AAP.

“It is still about me trying to get better each day, learning and really enjoying the game.

“Winning in India has been achieved by Australian cricket teams before but it is still something I would love to be able to do. My dreams are to be able to win (the World Test Championship) in England and win in India.”

Lyon’s drive to get better and reach new summits is part and parcel of what he considers the essence of the game he plays.

“You can never be satisfied because you will never conquer this game,” Lyon said.

“I have never met anyone who can conquer the game of cricket. I definitely won’t conquer it, but I am going to give it my best to learn each and every day and try and get better.

“You learn from your mistakes throughout your journey and you find a way to get better.”

The subject of beating India on the subcontinent is still one that gets his competitive juices flowing and is why he was in a poignant mood when talking about the recent 2-1 away series loss, which could have gone either way.

“In Delhi we panicked for 45 minutes with the bat and that put us well and truly behind the eight-ball. We learned from that and we improved in Indore,” he said.

“The back-end of the series I am really proud about. If we had identified the bigger moments quicker than what India did a couple of months ago I feel like we would have been in good shape to win that series, but in the end India was too good.”

Lyon’s first assignment is to beat India in the WTC final at The Oval in London from June 7.

“Talking to (Australian allrounder) Sean Abbott who is playing for Surrey he is saying the wicket is playing really nice so we’ve got some intel’ there,” he said.

“I have enjoyed my games at The Oval. It is going to be a big challenge against India.

“They have superstars in their side but our squad is growing together and we are the closest squad we have ever been – on and off the field. We are really confident and so we should be.”